Three people are missing and at least 100 homes have been destroyed in northern NSW as devastating bushfires wreaked havoc in the region.
The news comes a day after unprecedented conditions stretched firefighters battling the blazes on Friday.
“At this stage, it appears at least 100 homes have been destroyed in yesterday’s bush fires. Three people are unaccounted for,” NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted on Saturday morning.
“More than 30 people have been injured.”
There were still 77 bus or grass fires burning in NSW with 42 uncontained, the fire service said.
It has urged people affected by the fires on the north coast and northern NSW areas or knowing someone who is to register with the Red Cross.
Earlier, there were reports of people trapped in their homes.
The RFS previously said that many people have called for help but the size and speed of the fires means they can’t get to everyone
Aerial footage showed “widespread” property damage and destruction as more than 80 fires burned at midnight on Friday night.
Emergency warnings have been issued from the Blue Mountains to the Queensland border.
NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons on Friday said there were preliminary reports of minor injuries to both firefighters and members of the general public.
He said they were dealing with a very dynamic, volatile and dangerous set of circumstances.
“We are in uncharted territory … we’ve never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level,” he said.
MidCoast Mayor David West, who lives in Brimbin, said that he had never seen anything like the fire in his area.
Mr West said he’d heard from people in the Bobin area who were suffering, as well as unconfirmed reports of property loss.
There should be a brief reprieve in conditions as temperatures cool over the weekend, but temperatures are expected to rise significantly from Monday.
In Queensland fire fighters are also bracing for tough conditions.
The emergency level blazes are burning at Lower Beechmont in the Gold Coast Hinterland and Cooroibah on the Sunshine Coast.
Evacuation orders were issued last night.
It’s not just the East Coast battling bushfires.
Extremely hot, dry and windy conditions are expected to lash parts of Western Australia on Saturday, increasing the risk of bushfires in the state.
Northern and western parts of WA will cop the worst of the weather, with an extreme fire danger rating expected to be declared in three regions.
The Bureau of Meteorology has tipped the west of the state, including Perth, will get northeasterly gusts, ahead of a northwesterly change in the afternoon.
More moderate winds are expected in the north, with a fresh afternoon sea breeze likely to hit the Pilbara coast.
An extreme fire danger rating has been forecast for the central west, east Pilbara coast and west Pilbara coast regions. Under this rating, any fire that takes hold will be uncontrollable, unpredictable and fast-moving.
The advice to those in the path of bushfires is to listen to local radio and television and download the Fires Near Me app for the latest information