Two Dead from Worst Bushfires in Sydney Area in 20 Years
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) _ Bushfires killed two people and destroyed at least 12 houses Wednesday in the worst such outbreak in the Sydney area in 20 years, authorities said.
More than 2,500 firefighters and volunteers sought to extinguish about 30 blazes spawned by warm northerly winds and unusually dry ground conditions.
Police said a 46-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter died when a bushfire destroyed their home at Kenthurst in the Baulkham Hills region of northwest Sydney.
Police declared a state of emergency in Baulkham Hills, where fire destroyed at least nine other houses. A state of emergency was also declared at Gosford on the central coast where one house and a bushfire tanker were destroyed.
Fire officials hoped a blast of cool, rain-laden air from Antarctica would help bring a number of the blazes under control.