Fires are now raging in every Australian state. "We are facing another extremely hard next 24 hours", he told a televised news conference. In tune with this approach, the Foreign Ministers of the Quad countries - the US, Australia, India and Japan - met in NY, the first time the Quad met at Ministerial level. He was to leave Australia for a five-day visit to Japan and India, both of which figure prominently in Australia's calculus for increasing trade and security ties.
"On a day we have catastrophic fire conditions, in the midst of a genuine national crisis, Morrison, the marketing guy, does what?"
The nation's capital has been choked with smoke for days, with temperatures in Canberra hitting a record breaking 44 degrees.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned that worst-case scenario projections were "coming to fruition", although large-scale evacuations meant the human toll was minimised.
Firefighters can make attempts to contain the fires by creating containment lines to starve the fire, but it usually takes a heavy rainfall from Mother Nature to extinguish them. "So, there are still windows for people to get out", she said.
'We are in it for the long haul, this is a marathon event, we expect to busy for at least the next eight weeks'.
"There are a number of large and risky fires burning across NSW that pose a serious threat to life", the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) said.
"Guys that know the bush, guys that know fire, helped save at least 10 to 12 homes on this street. we are so grateful for their help".
There were several fires rated emergency warning levels in Victoria and New South Wales. Winds from the west and northwest will reach speeds of as much as 90 kilometers an hour, the state's Rural Fire Service said, potentially fanning the flames and spreading embers, igniting new blazes. National parks have been closed and people strongly urged earlier this week to evacuate large parts of NSW's south coast and Victoria's north eastern regions, magnets for holidaymakers at the peak of Australia's summer school holidays.
Rogers also used the deaths of four people who died in their vehicles in a delayed attempt to flee as motivation for people to evacuate as soon as possible. "Leaving it until today is cutting it fine".
"I think that's who you're getting", he told ABC News after he arrived in Australia.
In November, New South Wales' Rural Fire Service said Thursday morning there were about 60 fires active, with 30 of them uncontained in the state where some 1,200 firefighters tried to mitigate the flames in the face of worsening conditions, such as rising temperatures and wind.
"Strong, dry westerly winds will cause ongoing fires to flare up yet again threatening communities that have already experienced widespread devastation". About 900,000 hectares (2.2 million acres) of bushland has already been burned through.
"We still have those dynamic and unsafe conditions, the low humidity, the strong winds and, what underpins that, the state is tinder dry", Victoria Emergency Services Commissioner Andrew Crisp said.
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