Deadly Australian wildfires expected to worsen as temperature soars

Deadly Australian wildfires expected to worsen as temperature soars

Deadly Australian wildfires expected to worsen as temperature soars

The country's weather bureau warned that winds and lightning strikes increase the threat to communities across two states on the country's east coast. For the latest news on this disaster from MSN Australia, visit Bushfire emergency.

He is suspected to be a 58-year-old man who lived in a nearby shed and had not been seen since Friday when ferocious wildfires across New South Wales killed three other people and destroyed at least 150 homes.

Firefighters strengthened containment lines by back burning around the Gospers Mountain fire, which is blazing across more than 112,000 acres (175 square miles) near Sydney's northwest outskirts, but the fire is yet to be contained.

More immediately, Rural Fire Service NSW deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said worn out firefighters face another challenging few days. Back burns are fires deliberately lit to clear dry undergrowth.

"Even if we bring in an extra 1,000 firefighters, we still don't have enough trucks and firefighters for every single home in New South Wales", NSW Rural Fire Service Inspector Ben Shepherd told Sky News.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate next week as temperatures are set to rise and no rain is on the horizon.

Most national parks on the mid-north coast of the state, including in the northern Blue Mountains, will remain closed until further notice as fire danger remains very high to severe, the state Office of Environment and Heritage said. The blaze, allegedly lit Thursday, is still burning out of control on the Northern Tablelands.

At least 50 homes had been damaged or destroyed in New South Wales on Tuesday by fires that had burned into the suburbs of Sydney, and a week-long state of emergency was declared.

Bushfires are common in Australia's hot, dry summers, but the ferocity and early arrival of the fires in the southern spring this year has caught many by surprise and stoked an increasingly acrimonious political debate about climate change. Sixteen homes have been destroyed in the past week.

"We still have a number of fires burning at watch and act and emergency warning, so it remains very challenging", the spokesperson said.

"Once we get there, we're expecting to go straight to the front line".

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