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- Total fire bans are in place for parts of NSW, WA, Victoria and South Australia after a record breaking start to October.
- Fire crews continue to fight blazes across the country.
- Strong winds, combined with intense heat, are making conditions more severe.
Another out of control fire, which started further south near Lakeside Track within the Gippsland Coastal park, is also causing concern.
“At the moment we’ve got a fire situation affecting families in East Gippsland, and then not 24 hours later an emergency rain event affecting those same communities,” he said.
Fire emergency warnings have been issued in multiple parts of Australia. Source: AAP / Josh Agnew
The Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday that people in the Central, West and South Gippsland and parts of East Gippsland, South West, North Central, North East and Wimmera districts should brace for damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
“If you’ve got to evacuate just get out because I think if I’d slept in half an hour, 40 minutes (longer) I don’t think I’d be here now,” Saunders told 7 News.
Victoria State Emergency Service chief officer operations Tim Wiebusch said Bairnsdale to the NSW border would be the hardest hit by heavy rains, with moderate flooding expected for the Mitchell, Tambo, Snowy and Genoa rivers.
Strong winds could worsen conditions
A total fire ban was in place in SA for the northeast pastoral, west coast, and eastern Eyre Peninsula along with extreme fire danger warnings.
There are fears the bushfires season could be the worst since the summer of 2019/2020. Source: Getty / Sam Mooy
The NSW Rural Fire Service issued a total fire ban for the southwest region bordering Victoria.
In WA, total fire bans were in force for the Goldfields Midlands region.