Firefighters in the Australian of New South Wales are battling is being called the worst fire ever seen in the region. Eight different bushfires have combined of the city of Sydney to form what people have dubbed a "mega-fire". The blaze is just an hour's from Sydney. Tens of thousands of homes, businesses and other properties are in its . The giant is burning across a swath of land covering over 300,000 hectares. The front of the mega-fire is 60km wide. Authorities say it is burning out of control and is too to contain. Fire Service Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers said: "We cannot stop these fires. They will just keep burning until ease."
The with which over 100 separate fires are spreading across the state has been exacerbated by a prolonged . This is concerning authorities who say it is very early in the for the ground to be so dry. A spokesman said: "There's a tough of months ahead and we've already seen the horrific of fire so far this season." People in Sydney are suffering from hazardous and smoke from the fire. The city is shrouded in the smoke. Residents have received advisories about exercising . Locals say it is the "worst ever" fire and is "". An official said: "People's emotions are very, very tested and frail at the ."