Bushfires hit Sydney suburbs

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 13 Nov 2019

Bushfires raging across eastern Australia yesterday singed the Sydney suburbs, where firefighters scrambled planes and helicopters to splatter a built-up district with water and red retardant.

Twin blazes in the north shore suburb of Turramurra - about 15 kilometers from the center of Australia's largest city - tore through a eucalypt forest park and sparked spot fires in homes before being brought under control.

Throughout the day more than 300 bushfires burned up and down Australia's east coast, fanned by gale-force winds, scorching temperatures and tinder-dry bushland that has brought some of the most dangerous conditions the country has seen.

Experts have called the conditions the worst on record, as spring temperatures climbed toward 40 degrees Celsius and winds topped 80 kilometers an hour across a zone plagued by drought.

Up to 600 schools were closed and many national parks. Rally Australia - due to be held in Coffs Harbour at the weekend - was cancelled.

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