A bushfire survivor who was evacuated from his home is overjoyed to be reunited with his beloved dogs.
Owen Whalan returned to his property in Koorainghat, about 20 km south of Taree and his cute border collies rushed to him excitedly.
The 85-year-old, who evacuated his house because of the severe fires throughout the state, was happy that his dogs survived the fires after his shed burned down.
Owen Whalan was reunited with his beloved border collies dogs after his return to his property
The 85-year-old, who evacuated his house because of the severe fires throughout the state, was happy that his dogs survived the fires after his shed burned down
Whalan was told again that he and his wife had to evacuate their homes while the fires kept burning out of control
Images show Mr. Whalan smiling as he hugged and stroked his dogs who were left to take care of themselves during the catastrophic forest fires.
However, Whalan and his wife had to flee their homes again due to fires that threatened their property.
Whalan and his wife, who were staying in an evacuation center, met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday.
Morrison held the fragile man while he cried, not sure if his house survived the disastrous forest fires.
Mr. Morrison can be seen with his arm around Mr. Whalan, who burst into tears in the evacuation center.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison comforts 85-year-old resident Owen Whalan in an evacuation center in Taree
The prime minister wanted to support the resident Owen Whalan who was not sure if he lost his ownership in Koorainghat
Images show that the prime minister is talking softly to Mr Whalan while his head is resting against him while he is holding his arm.
Morrison has warned Australians and faces forest fires that await even more difficult days.
On Tuesday, Mr. Whalan told The Today Show that the prime minister led them in prayer for & # 39; guidance and peace & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We are Christians and he is too. I just went to talk to him and told where we were at a complete level, not here or below. He was very merciful, & said Mr. Whalan.
& # 39; We were praying together.
& # 39; Whichever way he goes, he will have someone with him. That is only for strength and guidance and what awaits him in the coming days, & he said.
& # 39; That raising his title is nothing, he was just straight Scott. & # 39;
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison talks to the locals during a visit to Club Taree Evacuation Center
Mr Morrison visited an evacuation center in Taree on Sunday, about 350 km north of Sydney, while firefighters tried to contain dozens of fire that got out of hand
Premier Scott Morrison and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian are informed about the fires at Mid North Coast Fire Control Center in Wauchope
Prime Minister and NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian learned firsthand the difficulties encountered by firefighters in trying to tackle the raging fires during a visit to the north of the state.
& # 39; We're not out yet & # 39 ;, Morrison said to reporters in the evacuation center in Taree on Sunday.
& # 39; There is still a long way to go and Tuesday looks harder. & # 39;
60 forest fires are currently burning on NSW because the state is suffering from & # 39; catastrophic & # 39; fire conditions with 37 ° C temperatures, 90 km / h wind and low humidity described as & # 39; the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen & # 39 ;.
Civil servants have advised people to evacuate while they can say that emergency services cannot save everyone. Pictured: Flames entering a residential street on Friday in Harrington, on the Mid North Coast
Blaze: a fireman fights the flames on Monday during forest fires at Taree on the mid-north coast of New South Wales
Reportedly, around 100,000 homes in the Sydney area are at risk, including 31,500 in the north coast of the city.
The wind is expected to pick up in the Blue Mountains around 11 am and reach 90 km / h after 6 pm, which means that all fires would spread quickly.
The most direct suburbs are close to the bushland areas around Sydney, such as the Hawkesbury and Hornsby region in the north, Penrith in the west and Camden and Sutherland in the south.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has declared a state of emergency on Monday, the first since the Blue Mountains forest fires in 2013, warning: & tomorrow is not the day to be complacent & # 39 ;.
& # 39; You may think you are fine and a few minutes later you will not be. Please consider all messages you receive & # 39; & # 39 ;, said Berejiklian.
The suburbs most at risk for fire are close to the bushland areas around the city, such as the Hawkesbury and Hornsby regions in the north, Penrith in the west and Camden, Campbelltown and Sutherland in the south. Fire commanders cannot predict exactly where fires will be and have urged residents to keep up with the situation that the weather can change
A map of devastating heat: the dark red areas are where temperatures can rise above 30 ° C on Tuesday
The national fire brigade urged residents to report everyone throwing a burning cigarette, resulting in a fine of $ 1,320 on total fire ban days like today.
So far, fires in the north-east of the state have claimed three lives, destroyed more than 150 homes, and since Friday destroyed more than 1 million hectares of forest and farmland.
During the weekend, a man and two women in their sixties in northern New South Wales died trying to escape too late – and more than 100 people, including 20 firefighters, were injured.
The week-long declaration of a state of emergency gives the National Fire Service sweeping powers to control resources and lead other government agencies.
Keeping watch: Firefighters watch a bushfire in Old Bar, New South Wales as they fight to fight the fire
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