A sign on a fire station in Taree, north of Sydney, warns of ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions. Photo: AFP

Australians trapped by Sydney’s ‘catastrophic’ bush fires warned it is now too late to leave their homes

  • For the first time, Australia’s largest city and the surrounding area faces the country’s top level of fire warning, with homes and lives endangered
  • More than 350 schools will be closed, a broad fire ban has been put in place and the military is providing logistic support for firefighters
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A sign on a fire station in Taree, north of Sydney, warns of ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions. Photo: AFP
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Flames from an out of control bush fire seen from a nearby residential area in Harrington, Australia, on Friday. Photo: Kelly-Ann Oosterbeek via Agence France-Presse

Bush fires tear through eastern Australia, leaving at least three dead and 150 homes razed

  • At least seven people were unaccounted for in New South Wales state, and firefighters said the number of missing and dead could rise
  • On Saturday morning, there were 72 bush fires still raging, including 18 out-of-control ones and six at emergency warning level, the fire service said
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Flames from an out of control bush fire seen from a nearby residential area in Harrington, Australia, on Friday. Photo: Kelly-Ann Oosterbeek via Agence France-Presse
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