State of emergency declared after Australia wildfires

Firefighters battle the flames in Australia.
Firefighters battle the flames in Australia. Credit: APTN

The premier of New South Wales state Barry O'Farrell declared a state of emergency.

The fires have killed one man, destroyed a total of 208 homes in New South Wales state and damaged another 122 since Thursday, the Rural Fire Service said.

Firefighters battle the flames in Australia.
Firefighters battle the flames in Australia. Credit: APTN

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A tree engulfed in flames in Australia.
A tree engulfed in flames in Australia. Credit: APTN

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Oz wildfires: Weather 'to worsen'

Thousands of firefighters in Australia are continuing to battle dozens of wildfires raging in New South Wales as weather conditions are set to worsen. The country's rural fire service chief has warned "the worst of the weather is still to come."