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Queen's 'heartfelt sympathies' for wildfire-hit Australia

The Queen has sent a personal message to the Governor of New South Wales, expressing her sympathy as the Australian state battles raging wildfires.

A firefighter near a wildfire in southern Australia Credit: Reuters

Almost 200 homes have been destroyed in the worst hit region - the Blue Mountains west of Sydney - and another 109 have been damaged by fire.

The Queen told NSW Governor Marie Bashir today: "I would like to convey my heartfelt sympathies to all those who have been affected by the devastating bushfires across New South Wales.

"My thoughts are with the many people who have lost their homes or livelihoods in the fires and I have the greatest admiration for the firefighters, volunteers and emergency services officers who are working tirelessly to control the situation."

Wildfires continue to rage across Australia

The destruction toll continued to rise on Saturday from some of the most costly wildfires to ever strike Australia's most populous state as fire fighters prepared for worsening conditions.

In the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, one of the worst hit regions in fire-ravaged New South Wales state, 193 homes have been destroyed and another 109 damaged by the fire storm that peaked on Thursday, the Rural Fire Service announced on Saturday.



Australian wildfires seen from space

NASA released this image of New South Wales, as seen from space. Credit: NASA

As Australian authorities continue to battle a number of major wildfires across New South Wales, NASA released an image of the blazes as seen from space.

Many of the blazes are still burning wildly, and have not yet been contained. Credit: APTN.

The fires are continuing to burn around around the outskirts of Sydney, despite a slight easing of temperatures and winds.

The wildfires have come earlier than usual, Australian emergency services said. Credit: APTN

It is feared that hundreds of homes have been destroyed, as many spent last night evacuation centres.

2,000 firefighters are working across the states to try and contain the blazes.

Residents fail to save old buildings from bushfire

One person has died as nearly 100 wildfires burn in New South Wales, Australia.

Photographs taken in the town of Newnes show the devastation left behind by one blaze.

Resident Sean Butler stands in front of his 1958 bus after fighting a fire with five other residents in Newnes. Credit: AAP
The old Post Office building that was lost to the bushfire in the historic township Newnes Junction, north of Lithgow. Credit: AAP
Rural Fire Service volunteers retreat after unsuccessfully try to save a house from a bushfire at Dragan, north of Lithgow. Credit: AAP

Firefighters continue to battle Australian wildfires

Wildfires are continuing to spread in the Australian state of New South Wales, with fears that hundreds of homes have been destroyed.

Wildfires are raging across large areas of New South Wales Credit: APTN

At least one person has died and hundreds have been forced to flee their homes, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

A blaze reaches a highway Credit: APTN
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