MEGA GALLERY: Bushfires across Australia

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan
Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan
The charred remains of sheep on the property of Catherine Frith at Bogolara. she lost thousands of livestock to the fires January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

The charred remains of sheep on the property of Catherine Frith at Bogolara. she lost thousands of livestock to the fires January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

The charred remains of sheep on the property of Catherine Frith at Bogolara. she lost thousands of livestock to the fires January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

The charred remains of sheep on the property of Catherine Frith at Bogolara. she lost thousands of livestock to the fires January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

The charred remains of sheep on the property of Catherine Frith at Bogolara. she lost thousands of livestock to the fires January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

The charred remains of sheep on the property of Catherine Frith at Bogolara. she lost thousands of livestock to the fires January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Property owner Catherine Frith stands on her property Bogolara near after she lost over 3000 livestock to the fires January 9, 2013.Photo: Jay Cronan

Property owner Catherine Frith stands on her property Bogolara near after she lost over 3000 livestock to the fires January 9, 2013.Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Live stock moving across a property at Jugiong near Yass was almost completely burnt out after a bush fire swept through the area January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Live stock moving across a property at Jugiong near Yass was almost completely burnt out after a bush fire swept through the area January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Live stock moving across a property at Jugiong near Yass was almost completely burnt out after a bush fire swept through the area January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Live stock moving across a property at Jugiong near Yass was almost completely burnt out after a bush fire swept through the area January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RF crews on the front line of a bushfire near Yass January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RF crews on the front line of a bushfire near Yass January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Bowning RFS crews on the fight front near Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Burnt out hay shed near Jugiong from the fire heading towards Yass January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Fires on Station Lane where three homes were lost. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Fires on Station Lane where three homes were lost. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Cargnham Station burns on into the night the historic Villa was completely destroyed in the fires. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Cargnham Station burns on into the night the historic Villa was completely destroyed in the fires. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Cargnham Station burns on into the night the historic Villa was completely destroyed in the fires. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Cargnham Station burns on into the night the historic Villa was completely destroyed in the fires. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Fires on Station Lane where three homes were lost. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Fires on Station Lane where three homes were lost. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Fires on Station Lane where three homes were lost. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Fires on Station Lane where three homes were lost. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Fires on Station Lane where three homes were lost. One of the homes. Photo: Justin McManus

Chepstowe Fires near Ballarat. Fires on Station Lane where three homes were lost. One of the homes. Photo: Justin McManus

The Sand Hills fire east of Canberra, East of Bungendore. Firefighters desperately attempt to prevent tge fire leaping the Kings highway, the main road between Canberra and the South coast of NSW. Photo: Chris Hammer

The Sand Hills fire east of Canberra, East of Bungendore. Firefighters desperately attempt to prevent tge fire leaping the Kings highway, the main road between Canberra and the South coast of NSW. Photo: Chris Hammer

The Sand Hills fire east of Canberra, East of Bungendore. Firefighters desperately attempt to prevent tge fire leaping the Kings highway, the main road between Canberra and the South coast of NSW. Photo: Chris Hammer

The Sand Hills fire east of Canberra, East of Bungendore. Firefighters desperately attempt to prevent tge fire leaping the Kings highway, the main road between Canberra and the South coast of NSW. Photo: Chris Hammer

Chepstowe fire near Ballarat. Photo: Adam Trafford

Chepstowe fire near Ballarat. Photo: Adam Trafford

Chepstowe fire near Ballarat. Photo: Adam Trafford

Chepstowe fire near Ballarat. Photo: Adam Trafford

RFS crew wait on Kybeyan Road near Nimmitabel for further instruction as the fires are blown closer to their position. Photo: Jay Cronan

RFS crew wait on Kybeyan Road near Nimmitabel for further instruction as the fires are blown closer to their position. Photo: Jay Cronan

A fire bombing plane sits at the ready at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Photo: Dave Tease

A fire bombing plane sits at the ready at the Illawarra Regional Airport. Photo: Dave Tease

Bushfire south-west of Wandandian. Photo: Nick Moir

Bushfire south-west of Wandandian. Photo: Nick Moir

Bushfire south-west of Wandandian. Photo: Nick Moir

Bushfire south-west of Wandandian. Photo: Nick Moir

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

A bushfire that started along Mates Gully Road quickly spread towards Tarcutta. January 8, 2013. Photo: Oscar Colman

Photo: Oscar Colman

Photo: Oscar Colman

Oura fire. Photo: Les Smith

Oura fire. Photo: Les Smith

Oura fire. Pictures: Les Smith, Daily Advertiser

Oura fire. Pictures: Les Smith, Daily Advertiser

Oura fire. Pictures: Les Smith, Daily Advertiser

Oura fire. Pictures: Les Smith, Daily Advertiser

Oura fire. Pictures: Les Smith, Daily Advertiser

Oura fire. Pictures: Les Smith, Daily Advertiser

Oura fire. Pictures: Les Smith, Daily Advertiser

Oura fire. Pictures: Les Smith, Daily Advertiser

The blaze takes over paddocks at Tarcutta, near Wagga threatening the township. Picture: Oscar Colman

The blaze takes over paddocks at Tarcutta, near Wagga threatening the township. Picture: Oscar Colman

The fire roared over the Princes Highway on Tuesday night. Picture: NSW RFS

The fire roared over the Princes Highway on Tuesday night. Picture: NSW RFS

A multi-agency emergency operations centre has been established at Nowra for the duration of the catastrophic fire warning period in the Shoalhaven

A multi-agency emergency operations centre has been established at Nowra for the duration of the catastrophic fire warning period in the Shoalhaven

The Yarrabin fire. Photo: Jay Cronin

The Yarrabin fire. Photo: Jay Cronin

The Yarrabin fire. Photo: Jay Cronin

The Yarrabin fire. Photo: Jay Cronin

The Yarrabin fire. Photo: Jay Cronin

The Yarrabin fire. Photo: Jay Cronin

The smoke billowing from the Brogo fire. Photo via @Alicia_McCoy - Twitter

The smoke billowing from the Brogo fire. Photo via @Alicia_McCoy - Twitter

Dunalley Resident Lucy Brown and her dog, Jim, and friend Georgia Press, look past Lucy's destroyed property on the Esplanade in Dunalley.

Dunalley Resident Lucy Brown and her dog, Jim, and friend Georgia Press, look past Lucy's destroyed property on the Esplanade in Dunalley.

Helicopters water bomb a bushfire burning west of Lithgow. January 9, 2013. (SMH NEWS) photo by Mick Tsikas

Helicopters water bomb a bushfire burning west of Lithgow. January 9, 2013. (SMH NEWS) photo by Mick Tsikas

A property was saved by fire fighter near Jugiong January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

A property was saved by fire fighter near Jugiong January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

A property was saved by fire fighter near Jugiong January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

A property was saved by fire fighter near Jugiong January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

A property was saved by fire fighter near Jugiong January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

A property was saved by fire fighter near Jugiong January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

Spotter plane near Jugiong after a fire went through a property on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

Spotter plane near Jugiong after a fire went through a property on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

Stock dying on a property near Jugiong on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

Stock dying on a property near Jugiong on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

Stock dying on a property near Jugiong on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

Stock dying on a property near Jugiong on January 9, 2013. Photo: Jay Cronan/The Canberra Times

Community meeting at Snake Valley Community hall in the aftermarth of yesterdays fire in Carngham near Ballarat. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Community meeting at Snake Valley Community hall in the aftermarth of yesterdays fire in Carngham near Ballarat. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Community meeting at Snake Valley Community hall in the aftermarth of yesterdays fire in Carngham near Ballarat. Locals give firemen a hug. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Community meeting at Snake Valley Community hall in the aftermarth of yesterdays fire in Carngham near Ballarat. Locals give firemen a hug. Photo: Wayne Taylor

NSW firemen doing property protection at a brushfire at Berry St, Lithgow. January 9, 2013. Photo by Mick Tsikas

NSW firemen doing property protection at a brushfire at Berry St, Lithgow. January 9, 2013. Photo by Mick Tsikas

Police man a road block at a brushfire at Berry St, Lithgow. January 9, 2013. Photo by Mick Tsikas

Police man a road block at a brushfire at Berry St, Lithgow. January 9, 2013. Photo by Mick Tsikas

Community meeting at Snake Valley Community hall in the aftermarth of yesterdays fire in Carngham near Ballarat. Locals comfort each other at the meeting. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Community meeting at Snake Valley Community hall in the aftermarth of yesterdays fire in Carngham near Ballarat. Locals comfort each other at the meeting. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Community meeting at Snake Valley Community hall in the aftermarth of yesterdays fire in Carngham near Ballarat. Locals give firemen a hug. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Community meeting at Snake Valley Community hall in the aftermarth of yesterdays fire in Carngham near Ballarat. Locals give firemen a hug. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Crews work to contain fires near Bungendore. Picture taken from the Kings Highway on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Crews work to contain fires near Bungendore. Picture taken from the Kings Highway on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Fire fighters from the Rural Fire Service help extinguish a grass fire in Bowning, New South Wales.

Fire fighters from the Rural Fire Service help extinguish a grass fire in Bowning, New South Wales.

A burnt fence and letterbox on Hazeldell Rd, near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

A burnt fence and letterbox on Hazeldell Rd, near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

A water bombing helicopters work to control bushfire next to the Kings Highway near Bungendore. January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

A water bombing helicopters work to control bushfire next to the Kings Highway near Bungendore. January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

A water bombing helicopters work to control bushfire next to the Kings Highway near Bungendore. January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

A water bombing helicopters work to control bushfire next to the Kings Highway near Bungendore. January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

A water bombing helicopters work to control bushfire next to the Kings Highway near Bungendore. January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

A water bombing helicopters work to control bushfire next to the Kings Highway near Bungendore. January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

Burnt land on Hazeldell Rd, near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Burnt land on Hazeldell Rd, near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Lewis Conn and Chris Powell discuss the fires at the Kings Highway near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

Lewis Conn and Chris Powell discuss the fires at the Kings Highway near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

Crews work to contain fires near Bungendore. Picture taken from the Kings Highway on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Crews work to contain fires near Bungendore. Picture taken from the Kings Highway on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Vincent Lorimer breaks for some water at the Kings Highway near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Vincent Lorimer breaks for some water at the Kings Highway near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson

A note left by the RFS at a home on Hazeldell Rd, near Bungendore, after the residents lent the helicopter crew a tool to repair the helicopter on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

A note left by the RFS at a home on Hazeldell Rd, near Bungendore, after the residents lent the helicopter crew a tool to repair the helicopter on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

An RFS helicopter crew member knocks to return a borrowed repair tool to a home on Hazeldell Rd, near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

An RFS helicopter crew member knocks to return a borrowed repair tool to a home on Hazeldell Rd, near Bungendore on January 9, 2013. Photo: Rohan Thomson.

Firefighters have been backburning overnight to try and contain several major bushfires across NSW, taking advantage of the cool temperature before hot, windy weather sets in again.

There are 126 bushfires burning across the state, including 15 that are not contained, on Thursday morning.

Over 1000 Rural Fire Service volunteers are working, using more than 80 firefighting aircraft and 360 trucks.

A bushfire burning 8km south west of Naradhan, north of Griffith in New South Wales. Photo: AFP/NSW Rural Fire Service

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said firefighters are trying to contain the blazes before dangerous fire conditions return on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Crews were backburning at the Deans Gap fire, in the Shoalhaven on Wednesday night, but it has not been contained.

That fire has burnt through more than 5700 hectares of land.

Residents in Wandandian, Sussex Inlet, and those south of the coastal villages, are advised to remain vigilant and keep up to date with information.

Firefighters also spent the night backburning at the Cobbler Road fire, near Yass, to establish and strengthen containment lines around the blaze, which has burnt through 14,000 hectares and killed thousands of animals.

A bushfire continues to burn about 20 kilometres east of Cooma, in the state's south, and residents are advised to stay informed.

A fire at Lithgow, which police believe was deliberately lit, is under control, but smoke is still affecting the town and the Bells Line of Road.

Mr Fitzsimmons said people in bushfire prone areas need to stay alert, and not always expect a warning message from the RFS.

"Some fires will start, they will take hold and they will spread so quickly that they could be impacting on people before someone's even had a chance to report it to triple-0, or certainly before the fire engine is able to get on scene," he said.

"Until someone's got that crystal ball that can tell us exactly where that fire is going to be, and start, and exactly what time it's going to be, that's a reality of life."

Total fire bans are in place in the North Western and Northern Slopes regions.