Unprecedented bushfire crisis grips New South Wales, as 1,000 firefighters struggle to tame blaze

The Australian state of New South Wales is in the grip of an unprecedented bush-fire crisis, with almost fifty fires still out of control on Friday night despite the efforts of 1,200 firefighters and 70 fire-fighting planes.

The fires cast an ominous orange glow over large areas of eastern New South Wales, with some locals describing the scene as “apocalyptic”.

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