Two firefighters die battling Australia blazes

Two firefighters die battling Australia blazes

Two firefighters die battling Australia blazes

Temperatures were expected to peak at 47C in parts of the country's most populous state, New South Wales, with west Sydney expected to reach 37C before a cool change is expected later in the day.

Loo said elderly patients, as well as children and outdoor workers were the most at risk, warning the health sector is "not prepared" to deal with such cases. That's the courageous people who do that are doing that job.

"I deeply regret any offense caused to any of the many Australians affected by the awful bushfires", Morrison said in a statement Friday.

His return comes after volunteer firefighters Geoffrey Keaton, 32, and Andrew O'Dwyer, 36, died Thursday near the town of Buxton, southwest of Sydney.

"It is pretty much the whole New South Wales population being exposed to prolonged smoke and because we have never experienced this before, we don't know what the eventual outcome will be", Kim Loo told AFP.

"Their sacrifice and service saving lives and saving properties will be forever remembered".

"This is an absolutely devastating event in what has already been an incredibly hard day and fire season", the RFS said on Friday.

As Morrison was apologising on the radio on Friday morning, opposition Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese was serving breakfast to firefighters near the front line of a fire in rural Bilpin. Fellow volunteers and members of the public left flowers, cards, and other tributes at Horsley Park fire station.

In a message posted to social media, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state has "tragically lost two heroes. Loved ones can't come and see us", Bargo resident Corey Cartes told AFP.

"I deeply regret any offence caused to any of the many Australians affected by the bad bushfires by my taking leave with family at this time", Morrison said in the statement.

"I deeply regret that and so does (his wife) Jenny and to all those who were affected by the fires especially, we deeply regret it", he said.

New South Wales declared a seven-day state of emergency Thursday as round 2,000 firefighters battle 100 wildfires throughout the state.

Almost 100 fires were burned throughout NSW on Saturday afternoon - six of which were characterized as emergency. Images from the region show thick plumes of smoke blanketing neighborhoods and a hazy orange sky.

"This will bring erratic fire conditions to the Green Wattle Creek fire at about 5pm".

According to authorities, some 40 homes were destroyed due to bushfires on Thursday in the area where the firefighters died.

About three million hectares of land has been burned so far this season. More than 1,700 firefighters were battling 100 bushfires across the state amid record-breaking temperatures.

The bushfires have been burning for two months now, exacerbated by strong winds that stoke the flames and spread risky embers, and by a record-breaking heat wave.

Conditions were expected to improve in coming days, before another burst of hot weather in about a week. That beat the previous record of 40.9 Celsius (105.6 Fahrenheit) - which had been set just the day before.

The death followed another fatality in South Australia on Friday, the result of a vehicle crash which sparked a fire.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons spent the night consoling families of the victims. A total fire ban statewide remains in place until Saturday midnight.

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