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28 homes lost in New South Wales fire in Australia

Photo from one of the aircraft working on the Redbank North Fire NE of Coonabarabran Credit: New South Wales Rural Fire Service

This image from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service was taken by one of the aircraft working on the Redbank North Fire NE of Coonabarabran.

The fire service reported that 28 homes have been confirmed as lost in the Wambelong Fire near Coonabarabran.

The number has since risen to 33 homes.

Wildfire threatens top Australian research observatory

Australia's largest research observatory, which houses top telescopes from around the world, is surrounded by a "large and dangerous" bush fire.

The bush fire threatening the remote Siding Spring Observatory. Credit: @NSWRFS

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.

The remote mountaintop facility engulfed in smoke on Sunday. Credit: @NSWRFS


Bushfires continue to rage in south east Australia

Bushfires are continuing to rage in the south east region of Australia as emergency crews battle to control the fires.

An Air-Crane Helitanker dumps water on a fire near Marulan, which is located around 87 miles from south west Sydney. Credit: Handout/Reuters
A bushfire gathers momentum to the west of Sydney. Credit: Handout/Reuters

Firefighters battle Australia wildfires into the night

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.


Fewer areas under fire ban in New South wales

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service in Australia are currently coordinating around 100 aircraft to keep control of wildfires in the area.

Cooler temperatures yesterday provided some respite from the fires, with only two areas now under a total fire ban.

  • North Western
  • Northern Slopes

Fire crews are warning that the crisis sin't over, with the extensive heatwave to continue over the next few days.

Family describe how they escaped 'tornadoes of fire'

The Australian grandparents who sheltered with their five young grandchildren in the sea as wildfires ravaged their home have been describing their incredible escape.

Tim and Tammy Holmes initially took shelter on their jetty, and when it went up in flames the pair took all five of the children, including three who could not swim, into the ocean.

Bonnie Walker, the children's parents said she was had braced to lose her children and parents. ITV News correspondent Paul Davies reports:

  1. Lucy Verasamy

Australia's heatwave to continue for the next few days

Australia's extreme and extensive heatwave will continue over the next few days. Four months of dry, hot conditions with a stationary high pressure over the continent and failure of northern monsoon rains have aided the intense heat.

With conditions a little more comfortable during the last day or so, temperatures are set to soar again into the weekend with highs of 45-50C possible across the interior. The record temperature of 51C set in 1960 could well be broken.

The intense heat, tinder dry conditions and brisk winds will exacerbate the already raging forest fires. Added to this, Cyclone Narelle is also set to make landfall on the northwest Cape by the weekend bringing gale force winds and thunderstorms.

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