Two Missing After Deadly Bushfires Raze Towns In NSW
Two people are missing from remote parts of southern NSW that have been ravaged by bushfires over the weekend, the RFS says.
One person is unaccounted for south of Bodalla in the Monaro region in the state's south-east while another is missing west of Bedalla in southern NSW.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said authorities received the news of the two people unaccounted for overnight, after what was a horror weekend of fires in the state.
"We hope that ends in good news," Berejiklian said of the missing people.
"At this stage, we can't account for their safety."
With conditions set to ease for firefighters on the ground on Monday and some much-needed showers beginning to hit parts of the state, authorities are beginning to assess the damage the weekend's blazes caused.
Hundreds of residents who were evacuated from homes are also being allowed to return to their communities where many homes are feared lost.
One person was confirmed dead in the NSW fires over the weekend after a man died defending a mate's property at Batlow, south of Canberra.
"The RFS has not managed to access all the areas where property losses have been made because of the terrain and danger," Berejiklian told reporters at a press conference on Monday morning.
"Therefore, we do not have an overall number or confirmation as to how many property losses there have been. A small amount of properties have been accessed at this point."
"This morning it is all about recovery, making sure people who have been displaced have somewhere safe and it is making sure we have resources to build up the presence on the ground to clean up the roads, clean up where the rubble exists and allow communities to rebuild, which is so important."
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said there were still about 2,500 firefighters were still on the ground across the state working to establish and consolidate containment lines and create protection between peoples' properties and the main fire fronts.
"So far this year, we have seen 4.9 million hectares burnt out by the fire. We can expect that number to grow," Fitzsimmons said.
"Overnight, with some of the thunderstorm activity, we have seen localised shower activity and we are expecting to see some of that over the coming days and less so once we get through the warm conditions of later in this week."
"As we move into Friday, we can expect to see temperatures climb and climb back into the high 30s and into the low 40s."