Australian bushfires forecast to reach Sydney suburbs
05 January 2020 | 12:20 pm
Fire authorities have warned wildfires might bring flames close to urban areas, including the suburbs of the country's most populous city. The largest peacetime evacuation in Australian history is underway.
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