Australia: Three people dead, 150 houses destroyed in bushfires

Smoke with orange tint blanketing skies and orange hues are seen from a kitchen window in Port Macquarie Australia

Smoke with orange tint blanketing skies and orange hues are seen from a kitchen window in Port Macquarie Australia

She spoke to local resident Kim who said she had spent the night in her auto after police evacuated them from their home.

Mr Morrison wouldn't be drawn on climate change when quizzed about it during the media conference.

"Climate change is real, can't you see", the protester yelled, before being escorted out of the building.

Morrison, whose authorities has performed down the specter of local weather change sought to deflect questions on what affect it might have had.

"It was pretty scary", Mr Stewart said.

"She was amazingly strong and very stubborn", she said.

"If you talk to people who are traumatised, you need to address their concerns foster foremost".

"The loss of her has devastated our family there was nothing we could do".

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese said he is intending to visit the bushfire areas when it is appropriate.

"Unfortunately, many people have called for help but due to the size and speed of the fires we couldn't get to everyone, even by road or helicopter", the agency tweeted. Conditions are expected to be worse than on Friday, when the firestorms began tearing through parts of eastern Australia.

Meanwhile, in Western Australia, one fire was declared at an emergency level yesterday and the authorities warned of high fire risk throughout the state, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said.

The premier on Sunday said the federal and state governments had already moved to put disaster relief arrangements in place.

"This provides $1000 for eligible adults and $400 for eligible children", he said in a statement.

The massive fire are spread out on an area covering about 1,000 km of Australia's coast.

At least four other people remained unaccounted for yesterday evening, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying yesterday afternoon, before the third death was confirmed, that he feared the number of deaths could rise.

The fires have destroyed more than 100 homes and residents were trapped in their homes.

"Relocate while things are calm without the pressure or anxiety of fires bearing down the back door", said NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons.

"A number of our own fire stations have been destroyed".

His next-door neighbours were not so lucky, however - their home went up in flames on Saturday afternoon.

"The more forensic process of getting in and doing the detailed assessments will come over coming days". "'We're on fire! There's fire everywhere!'"

Wytaliba resident Vivian Chaplain, 69, has also been named as one of the victims.

The blazes were so intense and unsafe the NSW Rural Fire Service yesterday issued a warning to the public to avoid being caught in the open because the bushfires were creating their own weather system.

Bright orange skies engulfed coastal towns in New South Wales on Friday, and smoke and ash from the wildfires covered Sydney with a gloomy haze.

About 1,200 firefighters and 70 aircraft were deployed across a roughly 1,000-kilometre (620-mile) stretch of the seaboard.

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