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    In Pictures: Australia's capital on fire alert as smoke and dust trigger health warnings

    In Pictures: Australia's capital on fire alert as smoke and dust trigger health warnings

    In Pictures: Australia's capital on fire alert as smoke and dust trigger health warnings
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    Australia's capital, Canberra, was on high alert on Sunday as bushfires burned nearby, while smoke and dust covered large parts of the country's east, prompting warnings from health authorities.

    Firefighters from a local brigade work to extinguish flames after a bushfire burnt through the area in Bredbo, New South Wales, Australia, February 2, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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    Australia's capital, Canberra, was on high alert on Sunday as bushfires burned nearby, while smoke and dust covered large parts of the country's east, prompting warnings from health authorities. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

    A firefighter from a local brigade works to extinguish flames after a bushfire burnt through the area in Bredbo, New South Wales, Australia, February 2, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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    Fire in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), home to the capital city, has spread to more than 55,000 hectares (136,000 acres), close to a quarter of the territory's entire landmass. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

    A helicopter carrying out aerial firefighting operations flies through the smoke of a bushfire in Bredbo, New South Wales, Australia, February 1, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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    Local fire authorities said cooler conditions would support containment efforts on Sunday but that residents should closely monitor any change in fire activity. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

    Personnel from Fire and Rescue NSW work as a bushfire approaches a home in Bredbo, New South Wales, Australia, February 1, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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    There were fears on Saturday that the blaze, fuelled by temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), could reach Canberra's southern suburbs, threatening homes and lives as they did in 2003 when fires destroyed almost 500 houses and led to four deaths. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

    Local resident Matthew Lawlis moves cows toward a potential escape route as a bushfire approaches in Bredbo, New South Wales, Australia, February 1, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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    Australia's devastating and prolonged bushfire season has killed 33 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals since September. About 2,500 homes have been destroyed and more than 11.7 million hectares (2.8 million acres) of tinder-dry bushland have been razed. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

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