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In pictures: Sydney bushfires


A blood-red sky in central Sydney was an angry pointer to infernos raging on the city’s outskirts, as unseasonably high temperatures and ferocious winds triggered the worst bushfire emergency in New South Wales for more than a decade.

The bushfires continue to rage across Sydney, leaving the city shrouded in a haze of smoke and forcing hundreds to evacuate their homes for safety.

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