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Call to help NSW fire victims

25 October 2013

AP

Huge task: a firefighter tries to control flames near houses at Bilpin, 75 km west of Sydney, on Tuesday 

Huge task: a firefighter tries to control flames near houses at Bilpin, 75 km west of Sydney, on Tuesday 

SYDNEY diocese has opened a special appeal for funds to support families who have lost their homes in the bushfires that are currently threatening many parts of New South Wales.

More than 60 fires, some still out of control, have been blazing for days, and are expected to worsen as the weather deteriorates this week. Extreme temperatures, low humidity, and high winds are forecast. More than 200 homes have been lost so far, and many more damaged in the fires. It is highly unusual for such significant bushfires to occur before summer.

The Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has called for prayer for those who have lost their homes, and for the emergency services. He has also called on parishes to consider what practical help they could give to residents in the Blue Mountains, which are part of Sydney diocese.

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