Australia bushfires combine to form ‘mega fire’ north of Sydney

By: Aljazeera

Several Australian bushfires have combined to form a “mega fire” that is burning out of control across a swathe of land north of Sydney, authorities said, warning they cannot contain the blaze.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service deputy commissioner, Rob Rogers on Friday said “there are probably more than eight fires in all” that have merged to form what has been dubbed a “mega fire” in an area of the national park forest.
The blaze was burning across 300,000 hectares – an area roughly 60km (37 miles) across – within an hour’s drive of Australia’s largest city, which was again subsumed in a soup of toxic smoke.

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