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Fires fanned by high temperatures and strong winds destroy hundreds of homes in New South Wales state.
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2013 08:09
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Authorities are assessing damage from almost 100 bushfires burning across Australia's most populous state that have killed one man, destroyed homes and forced hundreds to evacuate. 

Milder conditions in New South Wales were helping firefighters after Thursday's unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds had compounded the conditions and threatened towns surrounding the state capital, Sydney.


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New South Wales' RFS firefighters battle a bushfire burning close to homes on Patterson Street in Springwood in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia.  

/EPA/DEAN LEWINS

Media reports state that hundreds of houses may have been lost to forest fires in Australia's southeast, citing officials.

/EPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS

People affected by a blaze return to their homes after a devastating bushfire passed through at Winmalee in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

/EPA/DEAN LEWINS
Crews battled to save homes without the help of fire-fighting aircraft, which were grounded because high winds and low visibility made flying too risky.
/AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Nearly a hundred wildfires are burning across Australia's New South Wales state, more than a dozen of which are out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape.
/EPA/JAMES MORGAN
A pink haze hung over Sydney as bushland blazed on all three flanks of Australia's biggest city as the annual forest fire season got off to a raging start. Hundreds of houses may have been lost to forest fires in Australia's south-east.
/AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service
In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, smoke rises from a fire near Lithgow, west of Sydney, Thursday.
/EPA
Parts of Catherine Hill Bay near Wyong on the east coast of New South Wales were reduced to a cinder.
/EPA
Fire-fighting helicopters were able to affer some assistance, but it remains an up hill battle against the elements.
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Australians have been warned to expect the worst fire season in over a decade

/AFP
Parts of Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains have been razed to the ground
/EPA
Residents faced scenes of devastion after the bushfires ravaged communities and destroyed hundreds of homes.
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New South Wales\(***) RFS firefighters battle a bushfire burning close to homes on Patterson Street in Springwood in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia.  

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Media reports state that hundreds of houses may have been lost to forest fires in Australia(***)s southeast, citing officials.

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People affected by a blaze return to their homes after a devastating bushfire passed through at Winmalee in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

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Australians have been warned to expect the worst fire season in over a decade

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New South Wales' RFS firefighters battle a bushfire burning close to homes on Patterson Street in Springwood in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydneyy, Australia.  

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/ae24bf29cb9a4fce7ee94de5c6a1b88eEPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS

New South Wales' RFS firefighters battle a bushfire burning close to homes on Patterson Street in Springwood in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydneyy, Australia.  

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/0c42b3db9efe58797bfc8419b88673c7

Media reports state that hundreds of houses may have been lost to forest fires in Australia's south-east, citing officials.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/0c42b3db9efe58797bfc8419b88673c7EPA/DEAN LEWINS

Media reports state that hundreds of houses may have been lost to forest fires in Australia's south-east, citing officials.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/2acbdc6933b953562dd6e1992cbf8211

People affected by a blaze return to their homes after a devastating bushfire passed through at Winmalee in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/2acbdc6933b953562dd6e1992cbf8211EPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS

People affected by a blaze return to their homes after a devastating bushfire passed through at Winmalee in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/cbf631f30d75975cf93c3021d33bb5c7

Crews battled to save homes without the help of fire-fighting aircraft, which were grounded because high winds and low visibility made flying too risky.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/cbf631f30d75975cf93c3021d33bb5c7EPA/DEAN LEWINS

Crews battled to save homes without the help of fire-fighting aircraft, which were grounded because high winds and low visibility made flying too risky.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/ce66a4300cc8a2759dc6266e205eac32

Nearly a hundred wildfires are burning across Australia's New South Wales state, more than a dozen of which are out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/ce66a4300cc8a2759dc6266e205eac32AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service

Nearly a hundred wildfires are burning across Australia's New South Wales state, more than a dozen of which are out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/b0588eb63de4baa5b04516127744bd4b

A pink haze hung over Sydney as bushland blazed on all three flanks of Australia's biggest city as the annual forest fire season got off to a raging start. Hundreds of houses may have been lost to forest fires in Australia's south-east.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/b0588eb63de4baa5b04516127744bd4bEPA/JAMES MORGAN

A pink haze hung over Sydney as bushland blazed on all three flanks of Australia's biggest city as the annual forest fire season got off to a raging start. Hundreds of houses may have been lost to forest fires in Australia's south-east.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/806f09f2902f308c1a70356551250f5e

In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, smoke rises from a fire near Lithgow, west of Sydney, Thursday.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/806f09f2902f308c1a70356551250f5eAP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service

In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, smoke rises from a fire near Lithgow, west of Sydney, Thursday.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/40129dc6c00ecdef8221d0bfb84f6ec2

Parts of Catherine Hill Bay near Wyong on the east coast of New South Wales were reduced to a cinder.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/40129dc6c00ecdef8221d0bfb84f6ec2EPA

Parts of Catherine Hill Bay near Wyong on the east coast of New South Wales were reduced to a cinder.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/3942079aec7b52fbdcdcde3212f1d0ac

Fire-fighting helicopters were able to affer some assistance, but it remains an up hill battle against the elements.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/3942079aec7b52fbdcdcde3212f1d0acEPA

Fire-fighting helicopters were able to affer some assistance, but it remains an up hill battle against the elements.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/e5c3eec3a9f62eed96b713647d08c686

Australian's have been warned to expect the worst fire season in over a decade

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/e5c3eec3a9f62eed96b713647d08c686EPA

Australian's have been warned to expect the worst fire season in over a decade

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/c621faff0b152ef07edfd7f889c7fa8e

Parts of Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains have been razed to the ground

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/c621faff0b152ef07edfd7f889c7fa8eAFP

Parts of Winmalee in Sydney's Blue Mountains have been razed to the ground

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/14978ad3ed4e79e2dc83109cdf0a2c56

Residents faced scenes of devastion after the bushfires ravaged communities and destroyed hundreds of homes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Wildfires_in_Australia/slideshow/no-caption/14978ad3ed4e79e2dc83109cdf0a2c56EPA

Residents faced scenes of devastion after the bushfires ravaged communities and destroyed hundreds of homes.



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