Sydneysiders urged to stay indoors as bushfire smoke blankets city

first_imgSYDNEY – Strong winds stoked more than 100 fires acrossAustralia’s east coast on Tuesday, blanketing Sydney in hazardous smoke andprompting health warnings for the country’s most populous city. Australia is prone to bushfires in its dry, hot summers, butfierce blazes have been sparked early, in the southern spring, by a longdrought and soaring temperatures. The smoke covered Sydney city Opera House and Harbour Bridge are seen as a man takes a picture at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair on Sydney Harbour on Nov. 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.GETTY IMAGEScenter_img Wildfires have so far this month claimed at least four lives,burnt about 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) of farmland and bush anddestroyed more than 300 homes. (Reuters)last_img