Raging bushfires have now reached the outskirts of Sydney, destroying a number of properties.
Scores of fires are still burning in New South Wales amid temperatures of 35C and winds of 80km/h.
About six million people live in New South Wales (NSW) state.
The number of fires still afflicting NSW ranged from 100 to 300 in Australian media reports.
Crews have been battling a front spanning 1,000km along the north coast of NSW, with several blazes "exceeding 100,000 hectares alone".
I live in Sydney and feel like I'm in the middle of smoke.— Orange_Ch (@OrangeCh5) November 12, 2019
In the photo, That is the sun and the photo is no filter. The smoke all over the sky makes me able to take this photo.
Australia is burning. #bushfires #Australia #photo pic.twitter.com/0JjcQXg028
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