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    In Pictures: Thousands flee as Australian wildfires worsen

    In Pictures: Thousands flee as Australian wildfires worsen

    In Pictures: Thousands flee as Australian wildfires worsen
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    Thousands of tourists fled Australia's wildfire-ravaged eastern coast on Thursday as conditions worsened. The mass evacuation in New South Wales and Victoria is said to be one of the largest emergency movements of people in Australia. The numbers of people fleeing the bushfire crisis are expected to be anywhere close to the 60,000 who were flown out of Darwin amid Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Here are some pictures:

    A commuter wears a mask as smoke shrouds the Australian capital of Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Australia deployed military ships and aircraft to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that destroyed homes and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    A commuter wears a mask as smoke shrouds the Australian capital of Canberra, Australia. Australia deployed military ships and aircraft to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that destroyed homes and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Pedestrians wear masks as smoke shrouds the Australian capital of Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Australia deployed military ships and aircraft to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that destroyed homes and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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    Thousands of tourists fled Australia's wildfire-ravaged eastern coast Thursday ahead of worsening conditions as the military started to evacuate people trapped on the shore further south. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, HMAS Choules appears as a ghostly figure through smoke haze off the coast of Mallacoota, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The Australian Defence Force is moving naval assets to Mallacoota on a supply mission that would last two weeks and helicopters would also fly in more firefighters since roads were inaccessible due to wildfires. (Australian Defence Force via AP)
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    HMAS Choules appears as a ghostly figure through smoke haze off the coast of Mallacoota. Authorities said 381 homes had been destroyed on the New South Wales south coast this week and at least eight people have died this week in the state and neighbouring Victoria, Australia's two most-populous states, where more than 200 fires are currently burning. (Australian Defence Force via AP)

    A yellow light illuminates the sky as the sun sets over Akaroa Harbor as smoke from the Australian wildfires arrives on the east coast of the South Island, New Zealand, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. Australia deployed military ships and aircraft to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that destroyed homes and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers fleeing to the shoreline. (Eric Young via AP)
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    A yellow light illuminates the sky as the sun sets over Akaroa Harbor as smoke from the Australian wildfires arrives on the east coast of the South Island, New Zealand. The early and devastating start to Australia’s summer wildfires has led authorities to rate this season the worst on record. (Eric Young via AP)

    This Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, photo provided by Twitter user @AvaTheHuman shows red sky from wildfires burning, in Victoria, Australia. On Tuesday morning, 4,000 people in the coastal town of Mallacoota fled to the shore as winds pushed a fire toward their homes under a sky darkened by smoke and turned blood-red by flames. (@AvaTheHuman via AP)
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    About 5 million hectares of land have burned, with at least 17 people dead and more than 1,300 homes destroyed. (@AvaTheHuman via AP)

    In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 photo provided by State Government of Victoria, a helicopter tackles a wildfire in East Gippsland, Victoria state, Australia. Wildfires burning across Australia's two most-populous states trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions Tuesday, Dec. 31, and were feared to have destroyed many properties and caused fatalities. (State Government of Victoria via AP)
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    A helicopter tackles a wildfire in East Gippsland, Victoria state. Wildfires burning across Australia's two most-populous states trapped residents of a seaside town in apocalyptic conditions and were feared to have destroyed many properties and caused fatalities. (State Government of Victoria via AP)

    Smoke billows during bushfires in Buchan, Victoria, Australia, December 30, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken December 30, 2019. Mandatory credit GLEN MOREY/via REUTERS
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    Smoke billows during bushfires in Buchan, Victoria. Authorities urged a mass exodus from several towns on Australia's southeast coast, an area hugely popular in the current summer peak holiday season, warning that extreme heat forecast for the weekend will further stoke raging fires. (Image Source: GLEN MOREY/via REUTERS)

    Smoke billows during bushfires in Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia, December 30, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken December 30, 2019. Mandatory credit GLEN MOREY/via REUTERS
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    Smoke billows during bushfires in Bairnsdale. More than 50,000 people were without power and some towns had no access to drinking water, after catastrophic fires ripped through the region over the past few days, sending the sky blood red and destroying towns. (Image Source: GLEN MOREY/via REUTERS)

    A vehicle is engulfed in yellowish smoke as it travels along a highway during bushfires near Cooma, New South Wales, Australia January 1, 2020 in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken January 1, 2020. Mandatory credit JODIE BRADBY CANBERRA AUSTRALIA/via REUTERS
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    A vehicle is engulfed in yellowish smoke as it travels along a highway during bushfires near Cooma, New South Wales. (Image Source: JODIE BRADBY CANBERRA AUSTRALIA/via REUTERS)

    A view of an explosion after bushfires caused a house to go up in flames in Rosedale, New South Wales, Australia, December 31, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. Mandatory credit BETHANY KELLY/via REUTERS
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    A view of an explosion after bushfires caused a house to go up in flames in Rosedale, New South Wales. (Image Source:  BETHANY KELLY/via REUTERS)

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