Dozens of evacuation orders were issued. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services say 11 homes have been lost in Sarabah and Binna Burra, as well as three in the Southern Downs region and one in the far north as almost 70 fires raged across the state on Saturday. “We have days ahead of us and lots of hard work through the night to secure all edges of this fire,” assistant commissioner Megan Stiffler told. Some 60 fires remain burning across New South Wales, with about six of them out of control late on Saturday evening. The Bees Nest blaze has torched 50,000 hectares, twice the size of the Sydney city council area.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state was well-prepared and resourced to battle the blazes, due to investments including a large air tanker. Armidale, Clarence Valley, Glen Innes, Inverell, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha local government areas have been declared natural disaster zones. Firefighting efforts on Sunday will remain focused on out-of-control blazes at Bees Nest in Armidale and Long Gully Road in Drake, east of Tenterfield, which are both at watch and act alert level.