Gap Fill - Sydney Bushfires - Level 5


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Fire-fighters in Australia are battling is being called the fire they have ever seen. Eight different bushfires combined of the city of Sydney. People are dubbing it a "mega-fire". The blaze is an hour's drive from Sydney. Tens of thousands of homes and are in its . The giant is burning across a swath of land and its front is 60km wide. Authorities say it is burning out of and is too vast to contain. A fire official said: "We cannot stop these fires. They will just keep burning until ease."

The of the fires has been worsened by a drought. This is worrying authorities, who said it is early in the season for the ground to be so . They said: "There's a tough couple of ahead and we've already seen the horrific consequences of fire so this season." People in Sydney are suffering from dangerous and toxic . The city is covered in a shroud. Residents have received about exercising outside. Locals say it is the "worst ever" fire and is "unprecedented". An said: "People's emotions are very, very tested and at the moment."

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