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Australian bushfires turn skies orange over Oakura Bay

Driven by stratospheric level westerly winds, smoke from the raging bushfires in NSW, Australia, more than 2,000kms away, turned the skies over Oakura bay a bright orange hue before plunging the bay into near-darkness during the late afternoon of Sunday, 5 January 2020.

At the time, there were over 143 fires burning across New South Wales, causing widespread devastation to large swathes of the country, loss of life and property, as well as the death of millions of animals.

Further photos of the orange sky over Northland (and other parts of the country) can be seen in an article by Mike Dinsdale published in the Northern Advocate on 7 January 2020.

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