Bushfires NSW, Victoria: Fires overnight destroyed ‘dozens’ of homes

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Authorities fear there’s been “significant damage and destruction” across NSW and Victoria with dozens of buildings potentially lost as a number of bushfires continue to create emergency conditions across the two states.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said last night they were starting to hear of properties alight as firefighters continued to battle extreme bushfires.

He believed property losses could run into the dozens.

“Right across these fire grounds we are increasingly getting reports of significant damage and destruction,” he told the ABC .

“Some areas alone are reporting at least 15 properties alight in some locations.”RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers late on Saturday night said properties were believed to be lost in the Batlow area and North Nowra, and there were also reports of properties impacted at Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands. He told ABC TV there were a lot of problems in the Snowy Mountains region, while a fire that had come across the Victorian border was threatening the southern town of Eden.

Firefighters are focused on saving what they can as a southerly change sweeps up the coast from the Victoria border and fire-generated thunderstorms worsen the situation.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier warned people facing extreme bushfires “it’s not safe to move, it’s not safe to leave these areas”.

The situation was “very volatile” with southerly winds gusting up to 80km/h as the change moved up the coast.

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