The Queen has sent a personal message to the Governor of New South Wales, expressing her sympathy as the Australian state battles raging wildfires.
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."
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.
Residents who lost family homes in a wildfire in Australia have said they are devastated. "I said to my husband, 'I remember when you carried me across the threshold'...All of that hard work the we put into everything for all years and it's just gone," said Yellow Rock resident Christine Senior.
On Saturday, 83 fires were burning across the state including 19 uncontained blazes.
New South Wales State Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said mostly dry weather conditions were set to continue. "The optimism we had for good, widespread rain seems to be disappearing," he said.
The Mayor of Blue Mountains in Australia where wildfires continue to rage has said that residents are going to "hear statistics and numbers today that are going to upset them."
Mark Greenhill added that residents should "hold on to that faith".
One person has been confirmed dead after around 100 raging wildfires swept across New South Wales in Australia, destroying dozens of houses and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.
ITV News correspondent Richard Pallot reports:
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.
The fires are continuing to burn around around the outskirts of Sydney, despite a slight easing of temperatures and winds.
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.
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.
Wildfires are continuing to spread in the Australian state of New South Wales, with fears that hundreds of homes have been destroyed.
At least one person has died and hundreds have been forced to flee their homes, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
Nearly a hundred wildfires have swept across the Australian state of New South Wales, 18 of which are out of control.
Sascha Williams reports: