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A giant blaze that has blanketed Sydney, Australia’s largest city, in a hazardous smoke may take many weeks to put out, fire services said late on Friday, with the whole region fighting nearly 100 wild fires and expectations that the worst is yet to come.

While common in Australia during the hot summer, which begins in December, bush fires have begun much earlier this season, blamed on soaring temperatures, dry winds and suspected arson.

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