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A Rural Fire Service firefighter tries to extinguish a fire approaching homes near the Blue Mountains suburb of Faulconbridge

A Rural Fire Service (RFS) firefighter tries to extinguish a fire approaching homes near the Blue Mountains suburb of Faulconbridge, located around 80 km (50 miles) west of Sydney October 24, 2013. A plane dousing wildfires in bushland south of Australia's biggest city, Sydney, crashed into a national park on Thursday, killing the pilot and sparking a new fire to add to 55 still burning across the state of New South Wales. The accident happened as more dry, windy conditions caused a flare-up in huge fires burning for a week in mountains to the west of Sydney, closing roads and entering a valley running down towards the metropolitan area. REUTERS/Rick Stevens (AUSTRALIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

Australian wildfire

October 24, 2013

Australia's prime minister accused the U.N.'s climate change chief on Oct. 24 of "talking through her hat" when she drew a link between wildfires raging in his country and global warming.

Firefighters are battling about 60 fires burning across New South Wales state, with strong winds fanning blazes in the Blue Mountains, a major commuter area of small towns west of Sydney. (Reuters)