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Furious Australians hurl insults at Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Furious residents whose town was destroyed by forest fires today abused the Australian Prime Minister and accused him of leaving them by going on vacation to Hawaii during the crisis.

Scott Morrison was forced to flee in his chauffeured car during a visit to the rural town of Cobargo, in New South Wales, where a father and son died during devastating fires on New Year’s Eve.

Morrison was heavily criticized before Christmas when he took a tropical vacation, while forest fires devastated the country.

One woman refused to shake his hand until the prime minister offered more support to volunteer firefighters and another shouted, “You are an idiot.”

In the meantime, a week-long emergency has been declared because high temperatures of up to 46 ° C are expected to cause even more devastating forest fires that have already killed 18 people.

A local refused to shake his hand until the prime minister offered more support to volunteer firefighters

A local refused to shake his hand until the prime minister offered more support to volunteer firefighters

The prime minister immediately returned to his car and was driven away shortly after his arrival by his security team

The prime minister immediately returned to his car and was driven away shortly after his arrival by his security team

The prime minister immediately returned to his car and was driven away shortly after his arrival by his security team

The townspeople told Mr. Morrison that it felt like he didn't care about the city

The townspeople told Mr. Morrison that it felt like he didn't care about the city

The townspeople told Mr. Morrison that it felt like he didn’t care about the city

Cobargo in New South Wales (photo) has been destroyed by forest fires, turning the once peaceful rural town into a wasteland

Cobargo in New South Wales (photo) has been destroyed by forest fires, turning the once peaceful rural town into a wasteland

Cobargo in New South Wales (photo) has been destroyed by forest fires, turning the once peaceful rural town into a wasteland

Mr. Morrison was pictured enjoying his vacation in Hawaii in a mural by street artist Scott Marsh on a wall in Sydney

Mr. Morrison was pictured enjoying his vacation in Hawaii in a mural by street artist Scott Marsh on a wall in Sydney

Mr. Morrison was pictured enjoying his vacation in Hawaii in a mural by street artist Scott Marsh on a wall in Sydney

A video of Mr Morrison’s embarrassing visit to Cobargo was widely distributed on social media.

He was told that he “should be ashamed,” while others called him “Scum-mo” because he “left the country to burn.”

A local refused to shake his hand until the prime minister offered more support to volunteer firefighters.

“I’ll only shake your hand if you give our RFS more money,” the woman said.

Instead, Mr. Morrison picked up her hand and shook it himself, before turning his back on her middle sentence and going to another person.

“So many people have lost their homes,” the woman said as she restrained her tears.

She was comforted by another man while the prime minister walked away. She shouted after him and said, “We need more help.”

Another woman from the city, who brought her pet goat to the meeting, told Mr. Morrison that the town was “forgotten” during the crisis.

“This is not fair,” she shouted. “We have completely forgotten here. Every time this area gets a flood or a fire, we get nothing. “

“If we lived in Sydney or on the north coast, we would be flooded with donations and emergency aid.”

The prime minister found no additional support from the rest of the crowd that had gathered Thursday.

Another shouted: “You will not get votes here, friend. Who is liberal here? No one.’

“You control the financing and we have forgotten,” a woman added.

“Go on, p * ss out.”

The community mourns the loss of dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, who died after desperately trying to save his house from the fire.

Their bodies were found by Renee, Mr Salway’s wife, who is expecting the couple’s second child.

Mr Morrison later told the ABC that he was not ‘surprised that people currently feel very raw.

‘And that is why I came today to be here, to see it myself; offer some comfort that I could.

“But you can’t always do it in all circumstances, I think everyone understands,” he said.

In the meantime, the country braced itself for further destruction.

Remote areas are already on the eve of a serious humanitarian crisis due to polluted water and a low supply of food and fuel, many of which have also been closed with medical assistance.

Officials are preparing to impose forced evacuations on tourists and locals after thousands of people who ignored warnings earlier in the week were locked up in the coastal towns by the “apocalyptic” fires.

Blazing temperatures and high winds that coast along the southeast coast on Wednesday are expected to return by Saturday and give firefighters little chance to get them under control.

Hundreds of fires still burn over a large strip of New South Wales and eastern parts of neighboring Victoria, leaving 18 dead and destroying at least 1,200 homes.

Since the start of the bushfire season, 18 people have been killed and 18 are still missing. More than 1,400 homes have been destroyed throughout the country and 5 million hectares of land burned.

Since the start of the bushfire season, 18 people have been killed and 18 are still missing. More than 1,400 homes have been destroyed throughout the country and 5 million hectares of land burned.

Since the start of the bushfire season, 18 people have been killed and 18 are still missing. More than 1,400 homes have been destroyed throughout the country and 5 million hectares of land burned.

A huge column of smoke rises in the air in East Gippsland, Victoria, while forest fires continue to destroy Southeast Australia

A huge column of smoke rises in the air in East Gippsland, Victoria, while forest fires continue to destroy Southeast Australia

A huge column of smoke rises in the air in East Gippsland, Victoria, while forest fires continue to destroy Southeast Australia

Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and forest fires rage behind Lake Conjola, Australia

Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and forest fires rage behind Lake Conjola, Australia

Boats are pulled ashore as smoke and forest fires rage behind Lake Conjola, Australia

An emergency vehicle is depicted in East Gippsland, Victoria, while thousands of flights and authorities declare the state of emergency

An emergency vehicle is depicted in East Gippsland, Victoria, while thousands of flights and authorities declare the state of emergency

An emergency vehicle is depicted in East Gippsland, Victoria, while thousands of flights and authorities declare the state of emergency

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today announced a state of emergency and warned that devastation was expected to increase over the weekend.

She said: “Given the deteriorating circumstances that we know are in front of us on Saturday and what our state has been through in recent days, especially on New Year’s Eve, we will declare a seven-day state of emergency tomorrow at 9 a.m. .

“This is to ensure that all our agencies and organizations know that from tomorrow they will be subjected to forced evacuations, road closures, road openings and everything else that we as a state must do to keep residents safe and property safe.”

She said the extreme measures were needed to move thousands of tourists into vulnerable areas to escape before Saturday.

“We are not taking these decisions lightly, but we also want to make sure that we take every precaution to prepare ourselves for what could be a terrible day on Saturday,” Mrs. Berejiklian added.

“We know that the mid-40s temperatures will be in parts of the state and we know that today more fires are burning than we would like in these milder conditions.”

Meanwhile, the Australian Navy began supplying emergency supplies to isolated coastal areas.

HMAS Choules today docked off the coast of the fire-hit town of Mallacoota, about 400 miles south of Sydney, where up to 4,000 people remain stranded.

Authorities are considering lifting more supplies, such as water, toilet paper and basic medical supplies, as some roads may be closed for weeks.

On New Year’s Eve, residents and tourists fled to Mallacoota Beach, ready to throw themselves into the water to protect themselves from the flames while the sky turned apocalyptic red.

There are concerns that the city’s water supply has now been polluted by the fires, and residents have been told to boil water until it can be tested.

The fires have generated so much ash and dust that snow has been ‘caramelized’ on a glacier 1200 kilometers away in western New Zealand.

Photos shared on social media show that the normally untouched white slopes of the Franz Josef glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park have turned brown.

Dust and ash from the Australian forest fires have “caramelized” the mostly untouched snow at the Franz Josef Glacier in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, New Zealand

Hundreds of fires still burn out of control throughout the country, destroying millions of acres, killing 18 and leaving 1,200 homes destroyed, with catastrophic 46C weather forecast for Saturday (photo)

Hundreds of fires still burn out of control throughout the country, destroying millions of acres, killing 18 and leaving 1,200 homes destroyed, with catastrophic 46C weather forecast for Saturday (photo)

Hundreds of fires still burn out of control throughout the country, destroying millions of acres, killing 18 and leaving 1,200 homes destroyed, with catastrophic 46C weather forecast for Saturday (photo)

The first salvage boat is depicted in Victoria's Mallacoota, near the NSW border, on Thursday morning, while officials prepare to evacuate thousands of people from fire destroyed to Batemans Bay

The first salvage boat is depicted in Victoria's Mallacoota, near the NSW border, on Thursday morning, while officials prepare to evacuate thousands of people from fire destroyed to Batemans Bay

The first salvage boat is depicted in Victoria’s Mallacoota, near the NSW border, on Thursday morning, while officials prepare to evacuate thousands of people from fire destroyed to Batemans Bay

A kangaroo rushes past a burning house in Conjola (photo) on New Year’s Eve, while officials prepare for a “terrible day” on Saturday, with sizzling temperatures and strong winds that are likely to make the circumstances worse

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (photo) told reporters on Thursday that the government did not make such decisions 'lightly', but set a state of emergency for a week

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (photo) told reporters on Thursday that the government did not make such decisions 'lightly', but set a state of emergency for a week

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (photo) told reporters on Thursday that the government did not make such decisions ‘lightly’, but set a state of emergency for a week

Tourists and residents have been told to evacuate a 250-km stretch of the south coast of New South Wales (photo) because devastating forest fires threaten the area

Tourists and residents have been told to evacuate a 250-km stretch of the south coast of New South Wales (photo) because devastating forest fires threaten the area

Tourists and residents have been told to evacuate a 250-km stretch of the south coast of New South Wales (photo) because devastating forest fires threaten the area

In one of the greatest peacetime evacuations in Australian history, the NSW Rural Fire Service has told people to flee a large stretch of the coast from Bateman’s Bay – 175 miles south of Sydney – to the border with the neighboring state of Victoria 155 miles (250 km) further south.

A naval landing ship is preparing for the evacuation of people trapped in Mallacoota, a small town in eastern Victoria at the southern tip of the evacuation zone.

“If you plan to visit the south coast this weekend, it’s not safe. Don’t come around on Saturday, “the service said.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance called it the “biggest evacuation of people in the region ever” when a line of cars blocked the highway to Sydney while thousands fled.

Local residents and vacationers who decided to stand in line for hours for supplies such as panic buying emptied shelves in supermarkets powered by generators because electricity was turned off.

Residents met in the Mallacoota town hall on Thursday afternoon (photo) for an evacuation briefing by defense officials after the city was surrounded by flames

Residents met in the Mallacoota town hall on Thursday afternoon (photo) for an evacuation briefing by defense officials after the city was surrounded by flames

Residents met in the Mallacoota town hall on Thursday afternoon (photo) for an evacuation briefing by defense officials after the city was surrounded by flames

HMAS Choules commander CMDR Scott Houlihan leads a liaison team to meet community leaders in Mallacoota, Victoria

HMAS Choules commander CMDR Scott Houlihan leads a liaison team to meet community leaders in Mallacoota, Victoria

HMAS Choules travels through smokey haze off the coast of Mallacoota, Victoria on January 2

HMAS Choules travels through smokey haze off the coast of Mallacoota, Victoria on January 2

Left: HMAS Choules commander CMDR Scott Houlihan leads a liaison team to meet community leaders in Mallacoota, Victoria. Right: HMAS Choules travels through smokey haze off the coast of Mallacoota, Victoria on Thursday

Improved HMAS Choules medical team (photo) departs from an MRH-90 Taipan maritime support helicopter while the ship prepares to provide support to the communities affected by forest fires

Improved HMAS Choules medical team (photo) departs from an MRH-90 Taipan maritime support helicopter while the ship prepares to provide support to the communities affected by forest fires

Improved HMAS Choules medical team (photo) departs from an MRH-90 Taipan maritime support helicopter while the ship prepares to provide support to the communities affected by forest fires

Holidaymakers who tried to flee Batemans Bay before the temperature reached 46 ° C on Saturday were trapped on the roads with long lines of cars piled on Thursday (photo)

Holidaymakers who tried to flee Batemans Bay before the temperature reached 46 ° C on Saturday were trapped on the roads with long lines of cars piled on Thursday (photo)

Holidaymakers who tried to flee Batemans Bay before the temperature reached 46 ° C on Saturday were trapped on the roads with long lines of cars piled on Thursday (photo)

HMAS Choules (photo leaving the port of Sydney on Wednesday) offers assistance to 4,000 people who remain stranded in Mallacoota, Victoria

HMAS Choules (photo leaving the port of Sydney on Wednesday) offers assistance to 4,000 people who remain stranded in Mallacoota, Victoria

HMAS Choules (photo leaving the port of Sydney on Wednesday) offers assistance to 4,000 people who remain stranded in Mallacoota, Victoria

On Thursday at 10 a.m., the HMAS Choules and the MV Sycamore, a training-contracted training ship, arrived off the coast of Mallacoota, where 4,000 people were stranded – while troops in helicopters brought food, water and medicine to remote towns.

HMAS Choules

HMAS Choules is a Bay-class landing ship that served with the British Royal Navy from 2006 to 2011.

The ship was built by Swan Hunter in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.

She is named after Largs Bay in Ayrshire, Scotland.

During her career with the RFA, Largs Bay served as the British ship to patrol the Falkland Islands in 2008 and supplied relief supplies after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

When she was purchased by Australia in 2011, she was given the new name HMAS Choules.

RFS vice commissioner Rob Rogers told the ABC officials are desperate to get tourists out by Saturday because strong winds, scorching temperatures and low humidity were predicted.

“We still burn so many fires there … and also very close to communities,” he said.

“We will not be restrained against those fires for Saturday.”

Major highways leading out of the leave zone, including the Princes Highway heading north toward Sydney between the coastal towns of Milton and Nowra, were reopened on Thursday.

However, many people have trouble fleeing because many gas stations are without fuel or without electricity. Queues with cars were seen at the remaining gas stations around Batemans Bay that still have supplies.

Tankers of 60,000 liters of fuel were brought in at night to help with the disaster.

An evacuation zone that spans more than 250 kilometers along the south coast of New South Wales is set because scorching temperatures and more devastating forest fires threaten the area

An evacuation zone that spans more than 250 kilometers along the south coast of New South Wales is set because scorching temperatures and more devastating forest fires threaten the area

An evacuation zone that spans more than 250 kilometers along the south coast of New South Wales is set because scorching temperatures and more devastating forest fires threaten the area

What does a state of emergency mean?

By Brittany Chain for Daily Mail Australia

The declaration of a state of emergency renounces decision-making powers of the NSW government and gives RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons more control over his team of firefighters.

During the next seven days during the state of emergency, can now control and coordinate the allocation of government funds, close roads and evacuate residents.

Fitzsimmons now has the ability to:

  • Manage and coordinate the allocation of government funds
  • Evacuate people from property within specified areas
  • Close roads and passageways for traffic
  • Bring down infrastructure or put it ashore with risk of collapse
  • Shut down utilities in the indicated area, including electricity, gas, oil and water
  • Enter or take ownership of emergency aid

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said earlier that the decision to declare a state of emergency was not taken lightly.

“You only state emergency situations when this is absolutely necessary and on expert advice from commissioners.”

It is the third state of emergency she has declared since the start of this year’s horror bushfire season, killing at least 18 people and destroying thousands of homes.

Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said in the Thursday afternoon press conference that 18 people are feared dead and that one Wednesday after a fire in the Gippsland region of the state is confirmed dead.

Speaking of the evacuation effort, he said the HMAS Choules could carry around 700 passengers at a time.

‘We think there are around 3,000 tourists and 1,000 inhabitants. Not everyone will want to leave, not everyone can board the ship at the same time, “he said.

‘Then there is a lot of planning going on where that ship will go, it will be a long journey, possibly a 10 or 12 hour journey to take them to another port and then provide them with all the support they need. ”

Hundreds of fires burn out of control throughout the country in a horrific season that killed 18 people, destroyed 1,298 homes and destroyed millions of acres of land.

This photo taken on December 31, 2019 shows a fireman who traces trees and flying embers in an attempt to secure nearby houses against forest fires near the town of Nowra on the south coast of NSW

This photo taken on December 31, 2019 shows a fireman who traces trees and flying embers in an attempt to secure nearby houses against forest fires near the town of Nowra on the south coast of NSW

This photo taken on December 31, 2019 shows a fireman who traces trees and flying embers in an attempt to secure nearby houses against forest fires near the town of Nowra on the south coast of NSW

Business owner Sally Anne Wilson (left) is standing in front of her destroyed shop with her partner Christopher Lee in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday 1 January 2020

Business owner Sally Anne Wilson (left) is standing in front of her destroyed shop with her partner Christopher Lee in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday 1 January 2020

Business owner Sally Anne Wilson (left) is standing in front of her destroyed shop with her partner Christopher Lee in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday 1 January 2020

On Wednesday, more than 300 residents stood in line for a Woolworths in Ulladulla, NSW, which has experienced power outages

On Wednesday, more than 300 residents stood in line for a Woolworths in Ulladulla, NSW, which has experienced power outages

On Wednesday, more than 300 residents stood in line for a Woolworths in Ulladulla, NSW, which has experienced power outages

This satellite image shows the devastation of the fires devastating the coastal town of Batemans Bay on the south coast of NSW, early in the Wednesday morning as the fire continues to spread

This satellite image shows the devastation of the fires devastating the coastal town of Batemans Bay on the south coast of NSW, early in the Wednesday morning as the fire continues to spread

This satellite image shows the devastation of the fires devastating the coastal town of Batemans Bay on the south coast of NSW, early in the Wednesday morning as the fire continues to spread

The water resources in cities in both Victoria and New South Wales have been affected by the fires.

On Tuesday, cooking messages were issued for Quaama, Cobargo, Bermagui, Beauty Point, Fairhaven, Wallaga Lake, Wallaga Lake Heights, Wallaga Lake Koori Village and Akolele after the disinfection infrastructure was lost.

The power was restored Wednesday in 11,000 homes on the south coast of New South Wales, but more than 30,000 people still have no electricity or internet.

People who had sustained terrible burns or were injured in the fires had to wait more than 24 hours until they were rescued by the navy because the roads remained closed.

Since Monday, eight have been killed and four are missing in the fires in NSW and Victoria.

On Wednesday, a 42-year-old man was rescued by a naval helicopter from Cadgee, south of Moruya, and a 49-year-old woman and a 23-year-old woman were rescued from Nowra.

Traffic has barely started to move as hundreds of Batemans Bay flee New South Wales before temperatures rise on Saturday

Traffic has barely started to move as hundreds of Batemans Bay flee New South Wales before temperatures rise on Saturday

Traffic has barely started to move as hundreds of Batemans Bay flee New South Wales before temperatures rise on Saturday

AUSTRALIA BUSHFIRE CRISIS AT A GLANCE

NEW SOUTH WALES:

– 15 lives lost, four in the last 48 hours

– One person remains missing

– More than 110 forest fires burn

– 3.6 million hectares burned, larger than the size of Belgium

– 1,298 houses declared destroyed

VICTORIA:

– One person dead, 17 missing

– About 50 forest fires burn

– More than 766,000 hectares burned

– 68 structures have been destroyed, but this number is expected to increase considerably

TASMANIA:

– More than 30 forest fires burning, seven of interest

– 8000 hectares burned

– Destroyed one house confirmed

SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

– One person dead

– About 20 fires burn, three of them significant

– More than 60,000 hectares burned

– 88 houses confirmed destroyed

QUEENSLAND:

– About 30 forest fires burn

– 250,000 hectares burned

– 45 houses confirmed destroyed

WEST AUSTRALIA:

– More than 30 forest fires burn, two of significance

– 1.2 million hectares burned

– Destroyed one house confirmed

On Wednesday, more than 300 residents stood in line for a Woolworths in Ulladulla, a coastal town north of Batemans Bay, where power outages occurred.

Store manager Craig Scott said the supermarket ran on a recently purchased generator – but the fuel was running out.

He hoped that local boat owners would share their diesel to ensure that essential food and milk would not spoil.

“The power is out in the city, but we decided to open the store for supplies only, so people can get diapers, baby food, all that stuff,” he said.

In the town of Tura Beach, long lines of people were waiting to refuel gas and get supplies from the supermarket.

A woman named Kerry told it ABC: “A car queue of 50 waiting for gas and people in Woolworths emptying the shelves … apocalyptic.”

Ulladulla Woolworths opened its doors on Wednesday to prevent the locals from taking stock

Ulladulla Woolworths opened its doors on Wednesday to prevent the locals from taking stock

Ulladulla Woolworths opened its doors on Wednesday to prevent the locals from taking stock

A fireman who traces trees and flying embers in an attempt to secure nearby houses in Nowra, NSW, on Tuesday

A fireman who traces trees and flying embers in an attempt to secure nearby houses in Nowra, NSW, on Tuesday

A fireman who traces trees and flying embers in an attempt to secure nearby houses in Nowra, NSW, on Tuesday

Gary Worboys, police commissioner of NSW, asked for patience when police and utility companies did their best to restore power and telecom services along the south coast.

“We need to ensure that when we restart the power, we do so with safety and confidence that it will remain on. People need to understand that this is not a simple or easy task. ”

Fitzsimmons said the fires would dominate a vast area from the southeastern corner of NSW. Tourists were warned to leave as long as they could.

Eight people have died in fires since Monday, seven in New South Wales and one in Victoria.

In the photo: people standing in line to use a public telephone booth after the telephone reception along the south coast of NSW was cut

In the photo: people standing in line to use a public telephone booth after the telephone reception along the south coast of NSW was cut

In the photo: people standing in line to use a public telephone booth after the telephone reception along the south coast of NSW was cut

NSW Police has confirmed that a total of seven people have been killed and that two have not been reported since Monday in the fires on the south coast.

The deaths include dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, who died trying to save his property in Cobargo, near Bega.

The young father and volunteer firefighter Samuel McPaul, 28, was also one of the confirmed dead after being killed by a fire tornado.

A 70-year-old man was found dead Tuesday night outside of a house near Lake Conjola, while another man’s body was found on Wednesday morning in a burned vehicle in Yatte Yattah.

A man’s body was found in a vehicle on Wandra Road in Sussex Inlet around 11.30 am Wednesday, but still needs to be formally identified, while a seventh body was found outside a Coolagolite home, about 10 km east of Cobargo, on Wednesday.

Beloved great-grandfather Mick Roberts, 67, from Buchan, in East Gippsland, was found dead in his house on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, a 72-year-old man is not responsible in Belowra, 50 km northwest of Cobargo.

An 81-year-old woman who was missing from Conjola Park was found alive on Wednesday.

Destroyed buildings are seen in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday January 1, 202. Several bushfire-destroyed communities in NSW greeted the New Year with immediate threat

Destroyed buildings are seen in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday January 1, 202. Several bushfire-destroyed communities in NSW greeted the New Year with immediate threat

Destroyed buildings are seen in Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday January 1, 202. Several bushfire-destroyed communities in NSW greeted the New Year with immediate threat

Pictured: Narooma food truck offering free food to locals displaced or affected in the bushfire disaster

Pictured: Narooma food truck offering free food to locals displaced or affected in the bushfire disaster

Pictured: Narooma food truck offering free food to locals displaced or affected in the bushfire disaster

Terrifying satellite images from January 1 showed the horrific extent of the forest fires on the south coast of NSW

Terrifying satellite images from January 1 showed the horrific extent of the forest fires on the south coast of NSW

Terrifying satellite images from January 1 showed the horrific extent of the forest fires on the south coast of NSW

Smoke and flames rise from burning trees while forest fires hit the bushland around the town of Nowr

Smoke and flames rise from burning trees while forest fires hit the bushland around the town of Nowr

Smoke and flames rise from burning trees while forest fires hit the bushland around the town of Nowr

2019/2020 FIRE SEASON DEATH TOLL

By Brittany Chain for Daily Mail Australia

NSW Police has confirmed that a total of seven people have been killed and that two have not been reported since Monday in the fires on the south coast.

Recent deaths include dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29 and his father Robert, 63, who died trying to rescue their property in Cobargo, near Bega.

A 70-year-old man was found dead Tuesday night outside a house in Yatte Yattah, west of Lake Conjola, while another man’s body was found in a burned vehicle on a road along the Princes Highway in Yatte Yattah Wednesday morning.

A man’s body was found in a vehicle on Wandra Road in Sussex Inlet around 11.30 am Wednesday, but still needs to be formally identified, while a seventh body was found outside a Coolagolite home, about 10 km east of Cobargo, on Wednesday.

Beloved great-grandfather Mick Roberts, 67, from Buchan, in Eastern Gippsland, was found dead Wednesday morning in his house.

On Sunday, young father and volunteer firefighter Samuel McPaul28, fought a fire in Jingellic, in Green Valley, about 70 km east of Albury, on the border of NSW and Victoria, when the truck in which he was sitting rolled and immediately killed him.

Two other firefighters died on December 19 after a tree fell on their truck as they traveled through Buxton, south of Sydney.

Andrew O’Dwyer, 36 and Geoffrey Keaton, 32, were later named as the volunteers involved in the following day’s tragic accident.

Both men were young fathers and had volunteered at the Horsley Park Rural Fire Service brigade for more than ten years.

Two people also died in South Australian fires before Christmas, including the 69-year-old engineer Ron Selth.

His body was found in his home in Charleston, which was destroyed on December 21 by the Cudlee Creek fire.

Another person died on the same day in a fiery car accident.

At the beginning of November, just a few weeks in the horror fire season, which struck the nation for months, three people died in northern NSW.

George Nole’s body was found in a burnt out car near his home in Glen Innes while 63-year-old Julie Fletcher body was pulled from a scorched building in Johns River, north of Taree.

Vivian Chaplain, a 69-year-old woman from Wytaliba, succumbed to her injuries in the hospital after a unsuccessful attempt to save her house and animals from the fire.

The fourth victim was named a few days later as a 58-year-old Barry Parsons.

His body was discovered on November 13 in bushland on the south side of the Kyuna Track in Willawarrin, near Kempsey.

77 year old Bob Lindsey and 68 years old Gwen Hyde were found in their burnt-out property on October 9.

THE FIVE DAYS WEATHER OF AUSTRALIA:

SYDNEY

Thursday: Min 21, Max 24

Friday: Min 22, Max 28

Saturday: Min 21, Max 33

Sunday: Min 22, Max 26

Monday: Min 21, Max 24

BRISBANE

Thursday: Min 23, Max 31

Friday: Min 22, Max 31

Saturday: Min 21, Max 31

Sunday: Min 21, Max 31

Monday: Min 22, Max 31

MELBOURNE

Thursday: Min 15, Max 26

Friday: Min 15, Max 35

Saturday: Min 22, Max 29

Sunday: Min 15, Max 19

Monday: Min 15, Max 24

ADELAIDE

Thursday: Min 15, Max 34

Friday: Min 25, Max 42

Saturday: Min 19, Max 25

Sunday: Min 14, Max 23

Monday: Min 13, Max 27

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

HOBART

Thursday: Min 15, Max 23

Friday: Min 13, Max 25

Saturday: Min 17, Max 28

Sunday: Min 11, Max 22

Monday: Min 11, Max 24

PERTH

Thursday: Min 17, Max 26

Friday: Min 13, Max 24

Saturday: Min 13, Max 28

Sunday: Min 17, Max 36

Monday: Min 19, Max 32

DARWIN

Thursday: Min 26, Max 34

Friday: Min 26, Max 35

Saturday: Min 26, Max 35

Sunday: Min 26, Max 34

Monday: Min 26, Max 34

C.ANBERRA

Thursday: Min 13, Max 35

Friday: Min 15, Max 38

Saturday: Min 18, Max 42

Sunday: Min 18, Max 34

Monday: Min 15, Max 23

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