A firefighter works to battle a blaze on the outskirts of Sydney earlier this month. Photo: DPA

In fire-ravaged Australia, a teen volunteer firefighter stands accused of arson

  • The 19-year-old has been charged with deliberately lighting seven fires in New South Wales – the state worst-hit by a recent spate of devastating blazes
  • Six people have been killed, hundreds of homes destroyed and more than 1.5 million hectares scorched across Australia since early October
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A firefighter works to battle a blaze on the outskirts of Sydney earlier this month. Photo: DPA
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Residents defend a property from a bush fire at Hillsville, 350km north of Sydney. Photo: AFP

Australia’s bush fires could take ‘many weeks’ to extinguish if there’s no rain

  • About 1,500 firefighters are struggling to contain more than 150 bush fires raging on both the east and west coasts, and no rain is forecast
  • A private water-bombing helicopter crashed, while Hollywood actor Russell Crowe’s property was affected by the fires
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Residents defend a property from a bush fire at Hillsville, 350km north of Sydney. Photo: AFP
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