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No worries, mate: Sydney residents take bush fires in their stride

Many doing their best to carry on with daily life but urgent climate action is needed

In the land of no worries, Sydneysiders are preparing to send plumes of barbecue smoke up even as the threat of bush fire smog hangs in the air.

Caught between Christmas preparations and bush fires to the west (Blue Mountains), in the north (from the Central Coast to just south of Queensland) and in the south (Southern Highlands), they are making the most of what has been a dreadful summer. Only the Pacific Ocean stands in the way of bush fires erupting in the east.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2019, with the headline 'No worries, mate: Sydney residents take bush fires in their stride'. Subscribe