Wildfires continue to rage across southern Australia, killing one man as soaring temperatures make the situation increasingly difficult for firefighters.
The man, who has not been identified, was discovered in a burned out car near Seaton in Victoria, around 120 miles east of Melbourne, Victoria Police said.
He is believed to be the first victim of the wildfires that have plagued Australia since the beginning of the summer.
"It's a very dangerous environment we're experiencing today," Victoria Country Fire Authority operations manager Bill Johnstone said. "Given the conditions, it's probably as bad as it can get".
Record-high temperatures and dry conditions in many areas have added to the ferocity of some fires.
In New South Wales, a heatwave is also underway, with temperatures soaring past 40C earlier today. Central Sydney hit a record high of 45.8C, while some areas nearby hit 46C.
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They suspect the pair started the fire to destroy evidence of their drugs laboratories, which were hidden in a remote region of Blue Mountains National Park just east of Sydney. The bushfire destroyed 55 hectares of the park.
The charred remains of the laboratories were cordoned off today as detectives searched for evidence.
Police believe the men, who they accuse of making millions of dollars from the production of a drug known as ice, became aware that they were under police surveillance and decided to torch the labs.
Australia's largest research observatory, which houses top telescopes from around the world, is surrounded by a "large and dangerous" bush fire.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service posted aerial images on Twitter showing the Siding Spring Observatory under threat from the uncontrolled bushfire on Sunday, as hundreds of firefighters battled blazes across the state.
Bushfires are continuing to rage in the south east region of Australia as emergency crews battle to control the fires.
Over 100 bushfires continuing to burn across south-east Australia after an extreme heatwave.
This image taken from Nasa's Aqua satellite captures the fires from space.
Air Crane helicopters which are used to fight fires in hard to access areas are being used to extinguish more than 100 wildfires in south-eastern Australia.
This footage shows water being sucked into a hose and dumped on a fire in New South Wales.
Australian fire crews are continuing to battle more than 100 wildfires in the state of New South Wales.
As extreme hot weather in the day has been hampering the operation to tackle the fires, efforts have also been increased overnight.
George Hancock of the Rural Fire Service said: "It's quite a dangerous time of the night but a very effective time of the night too that we can carry out a lot of this type of work".
Firefighters have also said they are confident they can stop a bushfire reaching a former military range scattered with unexploded bombs, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation reports.