Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has broken ranks with her government and linked the bushfires in NSW with climate change.
There were 117 fires burning across the state on Thursday, 70 of which are yet to be contained.
The fires have destroyed more than 700 homes with six people confirmed dead.
Ms Ley, who is also the Member for Farrer, said she had concerns for the future of rural communities.
"I think it's extraordinarily hard for everyone involved at the moment and I'm hearing the public debate," she told ABC Radio Sydney.
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"I've always said global climate change increases the risk and intensity of bushfires."
The comments are at odds with some of her government colleagues.
"The dryness of the vegetation, particularly in the north of NSW, and the reduced streamflow is creating unprecedented [conditions]," she said.
"That's what climate science has told me and I completely agree with it."
Meanwhile protesters plan to rally at a major intersection in Albury on Saturday, urging the government to take stronger action on climate change.
The Albury-Wodonga branch of the Extinction Rebellion group will gather in Dean Street, near the intersection of Kiewa Street, from 11am to noon.
While protesters have previously shut down roads during peak periods, it's understood the street will not be blocked during the Albury rally.
"In keeping with Extinction Rebellion principal values, this action will be completely non-violent and peaceful," a spokesman said in a statement.
"The reasoning behind this action is to bring attention to the crisis that is before us, that crisis being climate change."
The group is calling on the government to declare a climate and ecological emergency, and to reduce emissions to zero by 2025.