Bushfires fuelled by high winds are raging across large sections of north and western Queensland.
A severe fire danger warning has been issued for parts of the state, with similar conditions in News South Wales.
Stanley Uzunov reports.
Queensland firefighters have attended more than 150 blazes across the state over the past two days.
More than 50 bushfires continue to burn, with similar conditions forecasted ahead.
Neil Roberts, Minister for Police: “Over the next few days there is expected to be an increased risk, a heightened fire risk across many parts of Queensland.”
The weather bureau says low humidity, rising temperatures and north-westerly winds are responsible.
Hot spots include farming land west of the Great Dividing Range and areas around Townsville and west of Charters Towers.
Whilst Queensland firefighters contain bushfires across the state, their New South Wales counterparts are also fighting blazes, including a large fire in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.
Homes in the area were evacuated as winds of up to 85 kilometres per hour were expected to fan the blazes.
Mick Metcalfe, Rural Fire Service: “We have two helicopters working the fire bombing at this stage, they’re being hampered by the wind.”
The Rural Fire Service says more homes could potentially come under threat.
In Victoria, four campers have been injured, after strong winds blew down trees and damaged homes across the state.
The four were gathered around a camp fire at Lima East, near Benalla, when a tree came down on them.
The SES had 420 requests for help, after a strong cold front moved across Victoria.
Stanley Uzunov, QUT News.