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Wildfires rage in Australian state of New South Wales

Published 17/10/2013 | 15:30

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17:  A general view of play during the Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: A general view of play during the Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, smoke rises from a fire near Springwood, west of Sydney, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Nearly a hundred wildfires are burning across Australia's New South Wales state, more than a dozen of which are out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape. (AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: A general view of play during the Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
An aerial view of smoke from bushfires in Lithgow, New South Wales, is seen in this still frame taken from a October 17, 2013 video provided by Seven Network Australia. At least seven emergency warnings have been issued for fires burning out of control in New South Wales (NSW) on Thursday, the state's Rural Fire Service (RFS) said. The RFS website added more than 60 bushfires were reported in the Australian state including around 20 that are classified as out of control. REUTERS/SEVEN NETWORK/ via Reuters (AUSTRALIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. AUSTRALIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA. SEVEN NETWORK - NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU. MANDATORY CREDIT TO SEVEN NETWORK. TEMPLATE OUT
A helicopter releases water over bushfires in Lithgow, New South Wales, in this still frame taken from a October 17, 2013 video provided by Seven Network Australia. At least seven emergency warnings have been issued for fires burning out of control in New South Wales (NSW) on Thursday, the state's Rural Fire Service (RFS) said. The RFS website added more than 60 bushfires were reported in the Australian state including around 20 that are classified as out of control. REUTERS/SEVEN NETWORK/ via Reuters (AUSTRALIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. AUSTRALIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA. SEVEN NETWORK - NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU. MANDATORY CREDIT TO SEVEN NETWORK. TEMPLATE OUT
A helicopter flies as smoke from bushfires in Lithgow, New South Wales, is seen in this still frame taken from a October 17, 2013 video provided by Seven Network Australia. At least seven emergency warnings have been issued for fires burning out of control in New South Wales (NSW) on Thursday, the state's Rural Fire Service (RFS) said. The RFS website added more than 60 bushfires were reported in the Australian state including around 20 that are classified as out of control. REUTERS/SEVEN NETWORK/ via Reuters (AUSTRALIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. AUSTRALIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA. SEVEN NETWORK - NO ACCESS AUSTRALIA / .COM.AU INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS / AUSTRALIAN NVO CLIENTS / SMH.COM.AU / NEWS.COM.AU. MANDATORY CREDIT TO SEVEN NETWORK. TEMPLATE OUT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 17: Smoke covers the ANZAC Bridge and surrounding areas as bushfires rage across NSW on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. The brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service the remains of a structure are in a crumpled pile after a wildfire destroyed the building, at an unknown location in Australia, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Nearly a hundred wildfires are burning across Australia's New South Wales state, more than a dozen of which are out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape. (AP Photo/New South Wales Rural Fire Service,)
Smoke rises from a fire near Springwood, west of Sydney

Nearly 100 wildfires are burning, some out of control, across Australia's most populous state, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fan flames across the parched landscape.

Several homes were destroyed in Thursday's fires, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service says. There were no reports of injuries or deaths.

The number of destroyed homes was unknown, with conditions too intense for firefighters to reach the hardest-hit areas. Authorities said they would not know how many homes were destroyed before dawn on Friday. Eighteen fires were out of control.

Smoke from the fires blocked the sun over central Sydney, casting an eerie haze over the city.

Wildfires are common throughout Australia in the warmer months. In February 2009, wildfires killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes in Victoria state.

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