From Crowdy Bay National Park on the New South Wales coastline north of the affluent beach town of Noosa in adjacent Queensland – 460 miles away – emergency services had trouble controlling about 70 bush fires.
Eastern Australia's most important north-south road, the Pacific Highway, was cut off from fire and smoke about five hours north of Sydney near the Johns River Township. There was the body of a 63-year-old woman, Julie Fletcher. was found in her burned house.
Fletcher had told a neighbor that she had decided to leave her house to the flames. Witnesses in the area said it had become a 20-foot-high wall that emitted so much smoke that the sun disappeared.
"I received a message from her at 9:30 pm On Friday night, she said she would pack her things in the car and get on her way," Diny Khan told the Daily Telegraph to the Sydney newspaper. "She obviously never did it. What a terrible way.
Two more people died in the small town of Wytaliba near the Guy Fawkes River National Park, a reserve popular with bushwalkers and birdwatchers. A 69-year-old woman, Vivian Chaplain, died in a hospital with severe burns after trying to protect her home, and a man, George Nole, was found in a burned car.
Satellite photos showed smoke from The fires are spreading hundreds of miles across the Pacific Ocean towards New Caledonia.
An estimated 350 koalas died as fire swept through their breeding ground near the coastal town of Port Macquarie. Koalas usually breed once a year, and it will be difficult for the population to recover, said Sue Ashton, president of the local Koala hospital. "I do not know how we're going to get back," she told the television program "Today." Temperatures over 1
00 degrees are forecasted on Tuesday, and winds of up to 35 kilometers per hour are likely to put pressure on the fires nearer the more populous coast.
Rescue services are so concerned that conditions will worsen over the next two days, warning people that they can not rely on help and consider evacuating in advance.
Do not wait until the last minute to call for a fire engine because it may not arrive there, "said Jeremy Fewtrell, Deputy Commissioner for New South Wales Fire and Rescue. "We just do not want to lose people anymore."
Firefighters are trying to predict where the fires will shift so they can use equipment and get people out before their lives are threatened.
"We are not outside." Not yet, "Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters at a fire victim evacuation center on Sunday. "It's still a long way and Tuesday will be more difficult."
On Monday and Tuesday, fires outside New South Wales, including wood barbecues, were banned. The fire conditions in the bush were officially classified as "catastrophic". – the highest threat level – for the first time in Greater Sydney.
Bush fires are responsible for more mass casualties in modern Australian history than any other natural disaster, and the penalty for violating the fire ban is one year in prison
Many Australian environmentalists fear that bush fires will become more frequent the warmer the planet becomes , They accuse Morrison's center-right government of not doing enough to combat climate change.
As the summers of Australia get longer and hotter, the arid landscape is more susceptible to lightning strikes, burning cigarettes, and other releases of bushfires.
At a fire department briefing on Sunday, a protester called to the Prime Minister, "Climate change is real, is not it?"
Asked if there is a link between bushfires and climate change, Morrison refused to respond directly. "I focus today on the needs of the people in this room," he said.
Since published studies have also highlighted the extension of the fire season and shown that the conditions for heavy fires are cheaper than the global warming and vegetation dry faster and more intense.
Australia is in a multi-year drought and, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, above-average conditions exacerbate its effects.
A local mayor whose house was severely damaged by the fires was direct.
"It's climate change; There is no doubt about that, "said Carol Sparks, mayor of Glen Innes, to the Australian Associated Press.