Man killed as Australia wildfires rage on

Wildfires continue to rage across southern Australia, killing one man as soaring temperatures make the situation increasingly difficult for firefighters.

A firefighter assesses a wildfire in Gippsland, Victoria.
A firefighter assesses a wildfire in Gippsland, Victoria. Credit: Channel 7

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.

Firefighters are unable to put out a home ablaze in Gippsland, Victoria.
Firefighters are unable to put out a home ablaze in Gippsland, Victoria. Credit: Channel 7

"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".

The fire in Gippsland, Victoria, seen from the air.
The fire in Gippsland, Victoria, seen from the air. Credit: Channel 7

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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Man dies in Australia wildfires

The first fatality in the Australian wildfires has been confirmed. A man was discovered in a burned out car near Seaton in Victoria, around 120 miles east of Melbourne, police said.