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Australia: Firefighters make progress in NSW

Thousands of firefighters will today continue to hold the line against the fires rampaging to the west and north of Sydney, as conditions remain dangerous despite forecasts of falling temperatures and easing winds.

The searing heat of yesterday’s northwesterly winds gusting to 80 km/h and mercury readings reaching the high 30s will fall by about 10C, although winds driving a southerly change will still whip across vast firefronts at up to 60 km/h.

But last night firefighters had prevented fronts from forming into what authorities had feared would become a megafire raging down through the Blue Mountains and threatening the outskirts of Sydney. 

– Video: CNN

– NZ Herald


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