The Photos of Wildfires Raging Across Australia Are Devastating

More than 150,000 hectares of land have burned.

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Residents of Sydney, Australia, are bracing for the worst as catastrophic bushfires rage across the state of New South Wales. Though Australia’s summer fire season has just begun, 150,000 hectares of land have already burned in one fire alone, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Since Friday, the fire has killed three people and destroyed 170 properties.

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the coal industry and shown indifference to climate change, even as extreme heat has intensified the fires blazing in his country. On Monday, he tweeted, “Everything that can be done is being done to prepare for today’s incredibly dangerous fire conditions in NSW & Qld.”

Meanwhile, these photos reveal the devastation on the ground:

A fire rages in Bobin, 200 miles north of Sydney, on November 9.

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A bushfire burns outside a property near Taree on November 12.

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Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree, about 200 miles north of Sydney, on November 12.

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Firefighters try to save houses from an encroaching bushfire in New South Whales on November 8.

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A burnt-out vehicle sits by the roadside after fires swept through bushland and properties near Macksville in New South Whales on November 11.

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Fire and Rescue responds to a bushfire burning out of control in New South Whales on November 10.

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Images from the fire have also spread across social media (and, fortunately, most images seem to be real, unlike the viral photos that spread after the Amazon fires):

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