Sydney faces 'catastropic' fire warning as Australian brush fires continue

Two confirmed dead in Glen Innes bushfires

Two confirmed dead in Glen Innes bushfires

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Hundreds of people evacuated their homes along a 500-kilometer (310-mile) swath of the eastern seaboard from the Queensland state border south to Forster.

One of the fires in Crowdy Bay National Park, north of Taree has already burned through nearly 12,000 hectares, while the other at Mount Nardi National Park is 2200 hectares in size and out-of-control.

At least 150 homes have been destroyed by the fires, although this number is likely to climb as detailed assessments begin.

The New South Wales rural fire service said: "These fires will not be contained in time and will threaten lives and properties".

Three people are dead and more are missing after wildfires erupted on the southeastern coast of Australia, according to the New South Wales Police, fueled by more than two years of drought that has impacted nearly all of the region.

Last week, one blaze burned though 2,000 hectares of bush which contained a koala sanctuary.

"They haven't eaten properly since Friday ... the snacks have all run out", she said.

A local mayor, whose house was badly damaged in the fires, was more direct.

"It's just a huge mess. the houses have all collapsed. we haven't got any water". I couldn't get back through to her.

Last year, a United Nations report said Australia was falling short in efforts to cut its Carbon dioxide emissions.

Mrs Harwood paid tribute to her "amazing and strong" mother-in-law, who moved to Wytaliba to live a sustainable life on her "own little piece of land".

On Friday, Harwood made a desperate plea on social media for someone to come to Chaplain's rescue.

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"Viv is alone can someone help, anyone, please.", Harwood posted.

"We just can not overstate the profound impact that the drought is having on fire behaviour", Mr Fitzsimmons said.

The mayor of Glen Innes, where two people died, said residents were traumatised and still coming to terms with their losses.

'We can not take this for granted, this a very, very frightening circumstance that people have to take seriously, ' Mr Littleproud told Sky News on Sunday.

A burned auto at a property destroyed by fire at Old Bar, 350km north of Sydney on Sunday.

Firefighters found the body of a man on Saturday in a burned vehicle near Glen Innes, about 350 miles north of Sydney, he added. Police said the home belonged to a 63-year old woman, but a post-mortem was needed to confirm the identity of the victim and cause of death.

The RFS issued a dire warning for Tuesday, saying: "If you are threatened by fire, you may not get help".

More than half the koalas living at another sanctuary may have also been killed by wildfires, according to charity Koala Conservation Australia.

RFS spokesman Greg Allan said a lot of the areas facing extreme fire danger risk on Tuesday have higher populations than the areas that have suffered fires so far.

Emotions were running high at an evacuation centre in Taree, with one man breaking down in tears as he was embraced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Mr Fitzsimmons said other important community assets had also been lost in the fires.

It is one of Australia's worst bushfire seasons and is occurring even before the start of the Southern Hemisphere summer, with parts of the country already crippled by severe drought.

David Aaro is a Freelance Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.

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