Sydney: The Australian bushfires are of unprecedented level causing pollution in Sydney and in the east coast, officials said on Thursday.
Residents complained that smoke and dust are burning their eyes.
Media reports said hundreds of bushfires have burned out of control since September. The smoke cover have affected the cities from Sydney to Brisbane.
The New South Wales department of environment has declared that bushfires and dust had caused “some of the highest air pollution ever seen” in Australia.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service said more than a dozen fires were burning near Sydney on Thursday, including three that carried an emergency warning.
Bushfires are common in Australia, but scientists say this year’s season has come earlier and with more intensity due to a prolonged drought fuelled by climate change.