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Large Bush Fire Heading for Homes in Suburbs

January 01, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A large bush fire broke out in parkland in the northern suburbs of Australia's biggest city, Sydney, burning on a wide front and moving toward homes, officials said.

Sydney had been ringed by bush fires to its north, south and west for more than a week, but today's outbreak in Pennant Hills in the city's bushy northern area was the first to penetrate the suburbs.

A fire service spokesman said the blaze was less than 12 miles from the city center.

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