Up to 30 houses have been destroyed or seriously damaged in a bushfire in the Australian state of New South Wales.
Scores of blazes burned across the state and neighbouring Queensland on Tuesday as temperatures climbed as high as 40C (104F) in some areas.
Authorities said one man had suffered serious burns in a fire that was thought to have been deliberately lit.
Drought-affected parts of eastern Australia have endured intense fires since September - the start of spring.
Authorities have described it as the worst start to the fire season on record in some areas.
Bushfires were presently affecting more than 100,000 hectares of land. In some areas, the blazes had raged for more than five weeks.
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