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Graphic shows details of bushfires in New South Wales.
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AUSTRALIA

Bushfires ravage New South Wales

By Mike Tyler

December 17, 2019 - Temperatures across parts of Australia’s state of New South Wales are expected to top 40 degree Celsius on Wednesday, as firefighters battle more than 120 fires across the state.

The fires have killed six people, destroyed more than 680 homes and burned nearly 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of bushland, Reuters said.

Bushfires are common in Australia’s hot, dry summers, but the ferocity and early arrival of the fires last month in the southern hemisphere spring is unprecedented. Experts have said climate change has left bushland extremely dry.

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PUBLISHED: 17/12/2019; STORY: Graphic News
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