Australia, ancient land scarred by bushfires

The fires raging around the island continent’s biggest city, Sydney, this week are as natural to the bush as are kangaroos and emus, or sun and rain. But urban sprawl has blurred the divide between the outback and the cities, and while fires the size of England rage almost unnoticed in the remote centre of Australia, in populated areas the flames can bring death and destruction

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