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Wednesday, 2 January, 2002, 12:08 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.

Flames approach homes in the northern Sydney suburb of Pymble
Residents help to fight the flames...

Residents of Macquarie Park, Sydney, go home after a fire was stopped nearby
...as others who have fled return home with their pets

Firefighters take a rest by the side of a road in West Pymble
Emergency crews are exhausted

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

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

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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