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Health alert issued as wildfire smoke blankets Sydney

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 31, 2019
Sydney residents coughed and spluttered their way around Australia's largest metropolis on Thursday, as a bank of smoke from rural bushfires enveloped the city, prompting health warnings.
Sydney wildfire
Australia   A bank of smoke from rural bushfires enveloped the city
Smoke from out of control fires to the north of the city prompted health authorities to warn residents with respiratory problems to avoid outdoor physical activity.

Topics: Wildfire Sydney

"If you really want to keep out of the smoke, the best thing you can do is stay indoors, keep your doors and windows shut," said Richard Broome of the New South Wales' Ministry of Health.

Firefighters are struggling to contain dozens of blazes, including one caused by a lightning strike far north of the city that has ravaged an area of over 2,000 hectares (4,942 acres).

Strong winds have pushed the fumes towards Sydney, shrouding landmark buildings such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge where the air has taken on an acrid taste.