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 Saturday, 18 January, 2003, 12:31 GMT
In pictures: Australian bushfires
Residents, firefighters and troops are battling to stop the apparently relentless progress of some of the worst fires to hit south-eastern Australia for half a century.

An emergency worker runs from a patrol car, against a backdrop of flames
Emergency chiefs said the fires were simply too big and widespread to be brought under immediate control

A petrol station in Canberra is engulfed in flames
Flames ripped through Canberra suburbs, engulfing buildings in their way

Smoke rising from the fires
Fires hemmed in Australia's capital city on three sides

A wood on fire
A year of drought laid the foundation for the fires, which were fanned by strong winds and high temperatures

A house is gutted by flames
A thick blanket of smoke turned day into night, with the main light coming from the fires

A firefighter dampens flames outside Sydney
Bushfires also broke out in Sydney, but firefighters were able to control the spread

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