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A total fire ban has been put in place today in the state of New South Wales in Australia.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service issued the ban, Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said the state is at a 'catastrophic level.'
Wildfires caused by extreme temperatures have burned through more than 64,000 acres of land.
A "catastrophic" warning level has been called in south eastern Australia as forest fires continue to rage in blistering temperatures.
The flames are spreading in the region and reportedly hitting speeds of up to 60mph.
ITV News' Paul Davies reports:
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has added a new colour to its interactive weather forecasting chart, to extend the previous temperature range past 50 degrees. The colour purple now denotes temperatures above this range.
David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring unit told Australian newspaper The Age:
"The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees."
"The air mass over the inland is still heating up - it hasn't peaked."
Temperatures are likely to hit 50 degrees or more next Monday, according to latest forecasts.
This image taken from a New South Wales Fire Service aircraft fitted with infra-red scanner shows how a bushfire had spread into the Conjola National Park.
There are multiple emergency warning in place in New South Wales, southern Australia, as more than 130 wildfires are continue to burn.
Extreme hot weather of up to 40 degrees and strong winds of up to 62 miles per hour has hampered efforts to get some of the fires under control.
Earlier, New South Wales State Rural Fire Service Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmonds said:
"The weather conditions are such that we can't do any active firefighting at the moment. The wind is too strong, it's just too hot and the fire danger rating is far too high
"We're not out of the woods yet, communities right across the state have still got to deal with some very, very difficult conditions."
An aerial photograph of a bushfire burning out of control in the Cooma Monaro area of New South Wales in Australia.
More than 130 fires are currently burning across the state.
This footage from Australia's Channel 7 shows wildfires raging in southern Australia after temperatures rose above 40 degrees.
Hundreds of wildfires have swept across the region, with more than 130 burning in the state of New South Wales, according to Australia's Broadcasting Corporation.
There are also fires in Tasmania.
More than 130 fires are burning across New South Wales in Australia after 40 degree temperatures and strong winds, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
A total state-wide ban is currently in effect across the state.
In Tasmania, police are continuing to search for around 100 people who remain unaccounted for in fire-affected areas.
The Australian states of New South Wales and Tasmania have declared a total ban on outdoor fires for the whole of Tuesday in an attempt to control bushfires that have displaced thousands of people.
Victoria has fire bans in force in four of its districts, while in South Australia there are bans in seven districts.
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