"Australia Wildfires: Nearly 100 Fires Rage Across New South Wales"

"SYDNEY -- Nearly a hundred wildfires burned across Australia's most populous state on Thursday, 18 of which were out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape, officials said."

"Several homes were likely lost in the fires across New South Wales, though the exact number was not known as conditions were too intense for firefighters to reach the hardest-hit areas Thursday night, state Rural Fire Service spokesman Matt Sun said. There were no reports of injuries or deaths.

Smoke from the fires blocked the sun over downtown Sydney, casting an eerie, orange haze across the city."

The Associated Press had the story October 17, 2013.


"Spate of Australian Wildfires Destroys at Least 30 Homes" (Reuters)

Source: AP, 10/18/2013