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Homes evacuated as wind fans wildfires near Sydney

Scores of Australians evacuate homes in mountains near Sydney as wind fans wildfires

A firefighter hoses to control flames near houses at Bilpin, 75 kilometers (47 miles) west of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Authorities h...
Firefighters control flames along the roadside at Bilpin, 75 kilometers (47 miles) west of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Authorities have...
A house sits in ruins in Sunny Ridge Drive in Winmalee 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Sydney in  Australia,  Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 after a wildfire sw...
Jennifer Schweinsberg and her son David walk around the back yard of their destroyed family home in Sunny Ridge Drive in Winmalee 65 kilometers (40 mi...

Australia Wildfires

A firefighter hoses to control flames near houses at Bilpin, 75 kilometers (47 miles) west of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Authorities h...

Australia Wildfires

Firefighters control flames along the roadside at Bilpin, 75 kilometers (47 miles) west of Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Authorities have...

Australia Wildfires

A house sits in ruins in Sunny Ridge Drive in Winmalee 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Sydney in Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 after a wildfire sw...

Australia Wildfires

Jennifer Schweinsberg and her son David walk around the back yard of their destroyed family home in Sunny Ridge Drive in Winmalee 65 kilometers (40 mi...

SYDNEY (AP) -- Scores of Australians have evacuated their homes in mountains west of Sydney as intensifying winds fanned wildfires that have ravaged the region for days.

The winds were showering communities with embers Wednesday, and all schools were closed in anticipation of worsening fire conditions in the Blue Mountains. The region lost more than 200 homes to blazes last week.

Springwood resident Rae Tebbutt said the atmosphere was tense in the village that was one of the worst-hit last week.

Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons says 71 blazes are burning in New South Wales state around Sydney, including 29 burning out of control.


Updated : 2021-03-06 01:36 GMT+08:00