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Australia bushfires: Latest images from New South Wales

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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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image captionThousands of firefighters are on the ground working to put out flames
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image captionPeople in vulnerable NSW communities have been urged to stay away from bushland
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image captionAbout six million people live in the region
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image captionBright pink fire-retardant is being dropped on bushfires in an effort to control them
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image captionFor some, places they once called home have now been burnt to the ground
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image captionBushfires 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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