Australian bushfires intensify, residents told to leave

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  • Friday, 08 Nov 2019

Smoke fills the sky in Port Macquarie, Australia November 8, 2019 in this picture obtained from social media. MIREYA REYES/via REUTERS

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Towns were evacuated and hundreds of residents told to flee on Friday as a record number of emergency-level bushfires raged across two Australian states.

The New South Wales Rural Fire service issued warnings for 17 fires, advising people to leave early or to seek shelter. More than 50 smaller blazes also burning out of control.

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