Heatwave and strong winds continue to fuel Australia's bushfires

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-Several homes were destroyed and two firefighters injured by huge wildfires that tore across Australia's most populous state over the weekend, officials said Monday. But at least 19 homes were destroyed.

"This is the worst day we have seen in the history of New South Wales when it comes to fire danger ratings and fire conditions", Shane Fitzsimmons, the state's rural fire chief, told reporters.

The New South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said that there were 60 uncontained fires in the state on the. One suffered burns to the hands and face, while another had a laceration to the hand.

A 13-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man have been charged with allegedly starting fires.

"At this stage we have got some uncomfirmed reports of homes being lost, sheds being lost, and machinery being lost". We know that there are going to be plenty of other buildings that have been destroyed.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised the work of emergency workers, many of whom are volunteers. "[But] it could have been much worse and were it not for those great Australian firefighters, it could have been a truly disastrous weekend in New South Wales with those record temperatures".

  • Leroy Wright