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Bushfires Spread to Sydney as Emergency Crews Save Homes

  • Strong winds expected to fan blazes in eastern Australia
  • More than 70 fires are burning across New South Wales state
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Australia’s Bushfire Season Is Getting Longer
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Isolated bushfires broke out in Sydney on Tuesday, fanned by strong winds and soaring temperatures as Australia’s largest city faced its first ever “catastrophic” fire danger.

Authorities battled a blaze in the affluent neighborhood of South Turramurra, just 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of the CBD, before a plane brought it under control by dumping red fire retardant. A handful of other fires broke out in other suburbs of the city, which is dotted with national parks and bushland, shrouding the skyline with an acrid smoke haze.