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Thick smoke from a bush fire fills the sky near Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on Thursday. Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for more than a week across the state of New South Wales. The fires have destroyed more than 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point. Read more
Firefighters work to contain the flames at Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains, southeastern Australia. Two major blazes have been deliberately merged in a desperate attempt to manage the advancing infernos as weather conditions worsen.
People watch the rescue operation from outside the factory after a devastating fire at the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona, Gazipur, Bangladesh. At least nine people were killed when a fire broke out at an apparel factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
People escape from a huge fireball after an accidental explosion at a petrol storage facility at former US residential housing in Mogadishu, the Somalia capital Read more
Firefighters and local residents struggle on Tuesday to tackle raging wildfires that have consumed large swathes of forest in Portugal and Spain and cost the lives of four emergency workers.
Local residents try to extinguish a wildfire at Fornelo do Monte near Vouzela, Portugal, on Wednesday. Several hundred firefighters, backed by two Spanish Canadair planes, were tackling forest fires raging in the north and centre of the country. Portugal has sought help from Spain and France. Some 31,000 hectares have been lost to fire in Portugal this year Read more
A General Service (GSU) office gestures outside the burning Jomo Kenyatta international airport on Wednesday. A massive fire shut down Nairobi’s international airport today with flights diverted to regional cities as firefighters battled to put out the blaze in east Africa’s biggest transport hub.