The bushfire season in NSW and Victoria has reached its most extreme point yet with bushfires threatening to destroy thousands of hectares of forest and the bushfire warning system on the ground in place.
Forest fires are now burning in the most remote and remote places of the state, with more than 40,000 hectares of forests burned so far.
The NSW bushfire service says more than 3,000 fires are burning across the state.
Queensland’s bushfire response unit said more than 2,000 bushfires are burning in Queensland.
ABC fire specialist John Witherow said while there had been a significant increase in the number of bushfires, the numbers had dropped off significantly.
“We have seen that in the last couple of weeks, so I think that’s a big change from a couple of months ago, but we are still seeing an increase in fire activity,” he said.
Mr Withere said it was difficult to gauge the extent of the fire season and fire intensity but that the number and size of fires was continuing to increase.
He said the number had been steadily increasing, from 2,700 fires in July to about 4,600 fires in August.
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