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Australia bushfires: Latest images from New South Wales

A huge, bright orange blaze erupts amid trees Image copyright Getty Images
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Dozens of bushfires are burning across vast swathes of Australia's east coast - including the area around Sydney.

The spate of blazes across New South Wales (NSW) have left three people dead and destroyed more than 300 homes.

But authorities say the worst is "still ahead" as hot and dry conditions are expected to continue.

Around 3,000 firefighters have been on the ground battling the flames in NSW, a state home to around six million.

"We've got the worst of the summer still ahead of us," said NSW Rural Fire Services Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

Mr Fitzimmons said nothing except rain would make "any discernible difference to conditions".

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RFS Firefighters battle a spot fire on November 13, 2019 in Hillville, Australia. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Thousands of firefighters are on the ground working to put out flames
Remains of a structure burned by a bushfire continue to smoulder Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption People in vulnerable NSW communities have been urged to stay away from bushland
A mailbox and signpost burn amid heavy flames Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption About six million people live in the region
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A Rural NSW Fire Service plane drops fire retardent on an out of control bushfire near Taree Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Bright pink fire-retardant is being dropped on bushfires in an effort to control them
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General view of a destroyed home whitegoods following bushfire damage on November 13 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption For some, places they once called home have now been burnt to the ground
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Two firefighters proceed along a road as heavy smoke fills the air, turning the sky a hazy orange Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Bushfires are common in Australia's hot, dry summers but the early arrival of the fires this year has caught many by surprise

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