First Victim Of Devastating NSW Bushfires Identified

In photos: Bushfires rage through Australia

There are more than to 1200 firefighters and 70 aircraft battling the blazes after reinforcements have arrived from Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia.

The fire service said in a Twitter post that a number of blazes "are becoming more intense" and "more unsafe". The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) confirmed two people had been killed by a fire near Glen Innes, more than 340 miles north of Sydney.

The fire service said a body was found in a burnt-out vehicle on the Kangawalla fire ground, near Glen Innes, with police working to formally identify the victim.

On Wednesday, Australia's government announced a package of low-priced loans worth around one billion Australian dollars (US$690 million), created to help drought-stricken farmers struggling with the latest "big dry".

It previously said that many people have called for help but the size and speed of the fires means they can't get to everyone.

Ms Colligan said the fire crept up on her property within the space of an hour, destroying the converted shed she and her partner had lived in together for the past 12 months on the property of her in-laws.

Queensland Premier Anastasia Paluszek said authorities were still assessing if it was safe for almost 2,000 people to return home. Many spent the night in evacuation centres while some slept in cars.

Mr Fitzsimmons said: "We are in uncharted territory. we've never seen this many fires concurrently at emergency warning level".

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described the fires burning across Queensland and NSW as of Saturday morning as "simply terrifying".

NSW RFS reported that at least 150 homes had been destroyed by the fires, but firefighters are using favorable weather conditions this weekend to contain the fires, before conditions are expected to worsen next week. At least one house was lost, a firefighter suffered a broken leg and 6,000 residents were evacuated from three communities in the state's southeast, Police Inspector Rob Graham said.

More than 50 fires in all were burning in the state to the north of New South Wales.

"Scary stuff", says Australian Matt Hope after flying above the NSW bushfires.

"Last night you could see the sky was a red and orange, amber color", he said. "It's going to be horrific, I think".

"There have been hundreds of properties that have been destroyed and as we get access to further areas that have been cut off we're expecting worse news again".

In Queensland, where emergencies had been declared for three fires early on Friday evening, around 6,500 people in several towns including Cooroibah and Tewantin, were told to leave by the state's fire and emergency services.

Even if the fires are managed for the rest of the year, Fitzsimmons said Australia still had the summer months ahead, bringing major heat waves, dry winds and the worst of their fire conditions.

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