The bushfires sweeping across parts of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are the worst to hit the state in more than three decades.
They have killed more than 50 people, destroyed more than 300 homes and displaced hundreds more.
The fires have sparked widespread bushfire warnings and prompted a number of emergency closures and evacuations.
The state’s Chief Fire Officer, Steve Gough, said the state was seeing unprecedented amounts of bushfire activity.
“We’ve had the highest number of fires in our history in the last couple of days, with the most intense conditions since the last fire in the 1960s,” he said.
The bushfires have left thousands without power and forced thousands of people to move to shelters in remote and remote locations.
“This is a huge undertaking for the Government, but we will take that responsibility and move forward,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
The worst-hit areas include the Gatton, Wirraway, Baulkham Hills and Glenorchy regions.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service says the fires are expected to continue to burn through the state for the next several days.
“The most extensive area that has been affected is the north-east of the state, which is experiencing an exceptional period of fire activity, particularly along the Great Western Highway,” Mr Gough said.
It is a very active period and we expect there will be further fires.””
We’ll see fire activity continue into the evening, which will also have an impact on the fire service.
It is a very active period and we expect there will be further fires.”
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