More firefighters drafted in to battle Australian blazes

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 has been declared in New South Wales.
A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP/Press Association Images

A state of emergency was declared in New South Wales on Sunday after fires destroyed more than 200 homes.

A homeowner surveys the wreckage left by wildfires that swept through the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee, west of Sydney.
A homeowner surveys the wreckage left by wildfires that swept through the Blue Mountains suburb of Winmalee, west of Sydney. Credit: REUTERS/David Gray
Firefighters try to contain bushfires near the township of Bell in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
Firefighters try to contain bushfires near the township of Bell in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. Credit: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP/Press Association Images

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Oz wildfires: Weather 'to worsen'

Thousands of firefighters in Australia are continuing to battle dozens of wildfires raging in New South Wales as weather conditions are set to worsen. The country's rural fire service chief has warned "the worst of the weather is still to come."