Firefighters battling wildfires in Australia have taken to 'water-bombing' woodland to halt the blaze, scooping up water from nearby rivers and dropping it on affected areas.
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Their main attention is focused on the widespread fires burning in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, but blazes are also threatening towns in the Southern Highlands, including the small town of Balmoral.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service is concerned that continued north-westerly winds may give the fire greater strength and help it breach their containment measures.
There were also warnings of looting in areas affected by fires, but police have warned of strong penalties for anyone caught.
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