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