Australia Bushfires: Death toll rises to four 


The death toll from bushfires in eastern Australia has risen to four as authorities warned on Thursday of worsening weather conditions to come. 

Residents found the body of a man late on Wednesday in a scorched forest near the town of Kempsey in northeast New South Wales, police said. 

He is believed to be a 58-year-old who was last seen on Friday where wildfires across New South Wales killed three other people and destroyed not less than 150 homes. 

According to police allegations, a 16 year old boy ignited a bushfire in central Queensland that burnt down 36 structures including 14 homes. 

The teenager has not been charged with arson, but his case will be handled under the state’s Youth Justice Act.  

The Cobraball fire, west of Yeppoon, is still burning days after being started.  

About 60 fires were burning around New South Wales on Thursday morning, with 27 uncontained while being battled by more than 1,000 firefighters, the Rural Fire Service said. 

A week-long state of emergency was declared for New South Wales because of the extraordinary fire danger.  

The emergency declaration gives the Rural Fire Service powers to control resources and direct other government agencies. 

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