Dead, Dozens Injured as Australia Wildfires Rage

Two confirmed dead in Glen Innes bushfires

As the state begins to count the devastating cost of the fires, three people have been confirmed dead and there are fears that number could rise, with more reported missing.

A woman who had been discovered by firefighters in the same blaze but in an unrelated incident was treated for burns before being transferred to hospital but has since died, NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.

The New England highway has also reopened, with a smoke warning and advice to drive to conditions.

All bushfires in NSW and Qld have now been downgraded to "Watch and Act", yet firefighters are bracing themselves for severe and extreme conditions to flare up on Tuesday.

The fire burned in an easterly direction towards Newton Boyd, the Henry River area and the Mann River area.

"My only thoughts today are with those who have lost their lives and their families", Morrison said, as hundreds of civilians also volunteered to help their hard-hit neighbours.

There were still 75 bush or grass fires burning in NSW with 39 uncontained, the fire service said.

He added that usually spot fires - caused by embers flying ahead of a fire front - would be 4km ahead but yesterday they were flying ahead by between six and 12km.

NSW firefighters are continuing to battle bushfires throughout the state ahead of worsening conditions, with the fire danger in some areas set at the highest level.


The mayor of the small town of Glen Innes, where two people died, said residents had been left traumatised and were still coming to terms with their losses.

The annual Australian fire season which peaks during the Southern Hemisphere summer has started early after an unusually warm and dry winter.

Thousands of residents in Queensland have been evacuated and authorities warned severe fire danger was expected on Wednesday, with little reprieve this year.

Fifty-one fires were burning in the state on Sunday, with the worst an enormous blaze north of Rockhampton where homes and sheds have been damaged or destroyed.

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment and the Disaster Recovery Allowance have been activated to provide financial assistance, payment that provide $1000 for adults and $400 for children that have lost their homes.

Despite his home still being in harm's way as fires continue to rage in Tinonee, Mr Annetts remained ready and willing to take up the fight late on Sunday afternoon.

"I don't know how we're going to recover", Ms Sparks told the Seven Network on Monday.

"There is really no rainfall, no significant rainfall, until at least the end of the year and possibly into the new year", Queensland Fire and Emergency Services acting commissioner Mike Wassing told a news conference on Sunday.

Some firefighters have suffered heat exhaustion, one broke a leg and another had an ankle injury. "We've got winds blowing, they're circling, it's like a cyclone". If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder.

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