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In pictures: The firefighters keeping you safe through NSW's horror bushfires

Firefighters work on a controlled burn just South of Taree. Source: AAP

These are the firefighters from NSW - and beyond - working around the clock to keep you safe during this week's catastrophic fire conditions.

With Tuesday already labelled a "catastrophic" day for bushfire danger across NSW, the state's volunteer firefighters have begun dispatching in the thousands.

Some flew to the state's more worst-hit areas to join the firefighting effort. 

Rural Fire Service volunteers prepare to board a plane ahead of Tuesday's catastrophic fire danger.
Rural Fire Service volunteers prepare to board a plane ahead of Tuesday's catastrophic fire danger.
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More than 3,000 firefighters have been placed on standby ready to battle the day's fires.

NSW firefighters wait at the airport before a long day's work begins.
NSW firefighters wait at the airport before a long day's work begins.
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Another 80 aircrafts were also prepared to deploy around NSW.

Firefighters prepare to take to the skies as NSW's bushfire threat soars.
Firefighters prepare to take to the skies as NSW's bushfire threat soars.
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A catastrophic fire danger rating - the highest possible level - is in place for areas covering about 6 million residents. 

Parts of Sydney have also been upgraded to a 'catastrophic' fire rating.
Parts of Sydney have also been upgraded to a 'catastrophic' fire rating.
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More than 50 fires are burning across NSW - about half of which are not contained.

A week-long state of emergency has been declared.
A week-long state of emergency has been declared.
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Australian Defence Force personnel have also been placed on standby to assist NSW's firefighters as needed.

NSW prepares for a day of bushfire emergency.
NSW prepares for a day of bushfire emergency.

Fire danger ratings remain high in other parts of the country, with winds expected to pick up on Wednesday. 

Country Fire Service volunteers are dispatched.
Country Fire Service volunteers are dispatched.
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In NSW, three fires remain at "emergency level" - two near Taree in mid-north NSW and another in northern NSW's Torrington.

These firefighters rose with the sun to prepare for Tuesday's increased fire danger.
These firefighters rose with the sun to prepare for Tuesday's increased fire danger.
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Winds up to 60km/h hit northern NSW on Tuesday morning and are expected to push the blaze further into Queensland on Wednesday. 

State Emergency Service volunteers also joined the effort.
State Emergency Service volunteers also joined the effort.
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NSW Fire and Rescue fighters were also sent around the state to areas most in need of assistance.

Fire and Rescue firefighters board a plane bound the fire zone.
Fire and Rescue firefighters board a plane bound the fire zone.
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