Firefighters have been brought in from Victoria to help the New South Wales Rural Fire Service put in containment lines near the township of Bell in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
A state of emergency was declared in New South Wales on Sunday after fires destroyed more than 200 homes.
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