Australian wildfire danger causes fire ban in Sydney and closes schools


A thick blanket of smoke hangs over parts of the Sydney, Sept. 14, 2023, following New South Wales Rural Fire Service hazard reduction burns in the past week.

Authorities have forecast the most destructive wildfire season during the approaching Southern Hemisphere summer in Australia’s populous southeast since the fires of 2019-20 that killed 33 people.

(Image credit: Mark Baker/AP)

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