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Thursday, 27 December, 2001, 10:04 GMT
In pictures: Battling the bush fires
Police hunt arsonists suspected of starting bush fires in the eastern Australian state of New South Wales as firefighters battle the blazes threatening the outskirts of Sydney.

Firefighter in Sydney suburb of Blaxland
Some of the fires were thought to have been started deliberately

Prime Minister John Howard consoles woman who lost her home
The prime minister visited suburbs of Sydney to console victims

Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House has almost disappeared in the smoke

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

Landing plane surrounded by smoke
A plane trying to land at Sydney International Airport is engulfed by smoke

Man uses hose to water roof
A man uses a garden hose to wet a roof to prevent a nearby blaze from setting fire to a house

Blue Mountains fire
A helicopter surveys a bush fire in the Blue Mountains on the western outskirts of Sydney

Firefighters in Glenbrook, south of Sydney
High winds and soaring temperatures are stoking the fires



See also:

27 Dec 01 | Asia-Pacific
Hunt for Australia arsonists
25 Dec 01 | Asia-Pacific
Bush fires ruin Australian Christmas
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