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In Pictures: Australian bushfire smoke blankets Sydney

Updated : 2019-11-20 10:08:35

Strong winds stoked more than 100 fires across Australia's east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country's most populous city. Australia is prone to bushfires in its dry, hot summers, but fierce blazes have been sparked early, in the southern spring, by a long drought and soaring temperatures. Officials said the air quality above parts of the harbour city was measured at 10 times hazardous levels on Tuesday and advised people to stay indoors as much as possible as the smoke lingers over coming days.

Strong winds stoked more than 100 fires across Australia's east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country's most populous city. (AAP Image/Neil Bennett/via REUTERS)
Strong winds stoked more than 100 fires across Australia's east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke and prompting health warnings for the country's most populous city. (AAP Image/Neil Bennett/via REUTERS)
Fire Service crews watch on as a helicopter drops water on to protect properties on Wheelbarrow Ridge at Colo Heights, north-west of Sydney, Australia. Australia is prone to bushfires in its dry, hot summers, but fierce blazes have been sparked early, in the southern spring, by a long drought and soaring temperatures. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts/via REUTERS)
Fire Service crews watch on as a helicopter drops water on to protect properties on Wheelbarrow Ridge at Colo Heights, north-west of Sydney, Australia. Australia is prone to bushfires in its dry, hot summers, but fierce blazes have been sparked early, in the southern spring, by a long drought and soaring temperatures. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts/via REUTERS)
RFS volunteers and NSW Fire and Rescue officers protect a home on Wheelbarrow Ridge Road being impacted by the mountain fire near Colo Heights south-west of Sydney. Wildfires have so far this month claimed at least four lives, burnt about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush and destroyed more than 300 homes. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins/via REUTERS)
RFS volunteers and NSW Fire and Rescue officers protect a home on Wheelbarrow Ridge Road being impacted by the mountain fire near Colo Heights south-west of Sydney. Wildfires have so far this month claimed at least four lives, burnt about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush and destroyed more than 300 homes. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins/via REUTERS)
Powerful winds fanned around 130 fires that have been burning across New South Wales and Queensland states for several days and pushed smoke south to form a thick haze over Sydney, home to around 5 million people. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins/via REUTERS)
Powerful winds fanned around 130 fires that have been burning across New South Wales and Queensland states for several days and pushed smoke south to form a thick haze over Sydney, home to around 5 million people. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins/via REUTERS)
Officials said the air quality above parts of the harbour city was measured at 10 times hazardous levels on Tuesday and advised people to stay indoors as much as possible as the smoke lingers over coming days. (SYDNEY COACHES via REUTERS )
Officials said the air quality above parts of the harbour city was measured at 10 times hazardous levels on Tuesday and advised people to stay indoors as much as possible as the smoke lingers over coming days. (SYDNEY COACHES via REUTERS )
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