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Dark skies of Sydney
Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Sydney's skies went dark when five major blazes in the state of New South Wales spewed ash and smoke.

The fires were thought to have started when a power line came down in strong winds. In all, the state was battling 95 fires, 34 of them out of control.

Authorities feared the fires destroyed hundreds of homes, according to Agence France-Presse. No one has died from the wildfires so far, although one firefighter was injured.

Wildfires are common during Australia's summer months, December through Feburary. Authorites expected a bad season due to little rainfall and hot, dry weather ahead. 

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A general view of play during the Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

(Mark Metcalfe - Getty Images)
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Thick smoke covers properties as fire fighters try to contain grass fires in Castlereagh on September 10, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Seven firefighters have been reported injured and two homes destroyed as bushfires rage throughought western Sydney threatening the suburbs of Castlereagh, Londonberry, Marsden Park and Richmond.

(Brett Hemmings - Getty Images)
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A general view of play during the Ryobi Cup cricket match between the South Australian Redbacks and the Western Australia Warriors at Drummoyne Oval on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.

(Mark Metcalfe - Getty Images)
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(EDITORS NOTE: Image was created with a smartphone.) A general view of the Sydney CBD shrouded in smoke haze is seen on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is shrouded in a haze of smoke as brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow.

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Smoke fills the sky over Sydney CBD as Bushfires Rage Across NSW on October 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. The brushfires rage in the western Sydney suburbs of Springwood, Winmalee and Lithgow. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

(Brett Hemmings - Getty Images)
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Smoke rises as fire crews battle grass fires in Castlereagh on September 10, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Media reports that the blaze was started when a power line came down in the strong winds.

(Brett Hemmings - Getty Images)
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A helicopter flies over a ridge as bushfires take hold on a hillside threatening the suburbs of Castlereagh, Londonberry, Marsden Park and Richmond on September 10, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Seven firefighters have been reported injured and two homes destroyed as bushfires rage throughout western Sydney threatening the suburbs of Castlereagh, Londonberry, Marsden Park and Richmond.

(Brett Hemmings - Getty Images)
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Smoke and ash from wildfires burning across the state of New South Wales blankets the Sydney city skyline on October 17, 2013. Seven major blazes were burning across the state, fanned by high, erratic winds in unseasonably warm 34 Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) weather, with infernos at Springwood and Lithgow in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney sending thick plumes of smoke and ash across the city.

(GREG WOOD - AFP/Getty Images)
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