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Australia fighting over 50 bushfires amid strong winds

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A bushfire burns outside a property near Taree, 350km north of Sydney on November 12

In Australia’s south-east, communities have been warned of «catastrophic» conditions as the state of New South Wales is fighting more than 50 bushfires.

The British public broadcaster BBC reports that state authorities warn that fires will spread quickly to endanger lives amid hot temperatures and strong winds.

About six million people live in the region.

People in vulnerable areas have been urged to stay away from bushland, and to flee their homes before the fires escalate. More than 600 schools are closed across the state.

New South Wales State Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who has declared a seven-day state of emergency, stated Tuesday would be «about protecting life, protecting property and ensuring everybody is safe as possible», BBC reports.


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