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Wednesday, 26 December, 2001, 13:59 GMT
In pictures: Blaze threat to Sydney
Thousands of people evacuate towns and resorts as firefighters battle bush fires in the eastern Australian state of New South Wales.

Resident cries in the ruins of her home on the outskirts of Sydney
The fires have reduced many homes to ash and rubble...

Sydney harbour bridge
... and left Sydney's famous landmarks shrouded in smoke

Sydney skyline
The sun is but a faint red disc in Sydney's sky

Plane landing at Sydney International Airport engulfed in smoke
... blotted out as aircraft try to land in poor conditions

Helitanker drops water on fires north of Sydney
Efforts to stop the fires spreading are continuing

Residents with face masks near bush fires west of Sydney
The smoke has made it difficult for residents to breath

Man uses hose to water roof
A man dampens down a roof to prevent a house from catching fire...

Firefighters at Dapto
... while firefighters enveloped in smoke battle a blaze south of Sydney

See also:

31 Dec 01 | Asia-Pacific
New fires threaten Sydney
25 Dec 01 | Asia-Pacific
Bush fires ruin Australian Christmas
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