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12:00 AM, December 09, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:04 AM, December 09, 2019

Bushfires: Haze settles over Australian capital

Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital yesterday, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week. Australia is experiencing a horrific start to its fire season, which scientists say began earlier and is more extreme this year due to a prolonged drought and the effects of climate change. Residents of Canberra in the country’s southeast woke up to see the capital shrouded in haze yesterday, joining those in Sydney who have endured weeks of toxic air pollution caused by bushfire smoke. Officials said favourable weather conditions had given them a chance to bring several blazes under control before the forecast return of strong winds and high temperatures tomorrow.

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