Australia reports over 120 bushfires

Sydney, Jan 10 (IANS) Firefighters are battling more than 120 bushfires in Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state, officials said Thursday.

NSW Rural Fire Service commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has urged people to remain vigilant as fire conditions remain very high in the state, Xinhua reported.

"We've got 126 fires still, with 15 of those yet to be contained... a lot of work for firefighters," Fitzsimmons told Australian TV network Channel Seven.

"We're talking an area under fire right now of something like 370,000 hectares across NSW, a huge undertaking," he said.

"There is a lot of work by firefighters necessary ahead of deteriorating weather conditions over the next couple of days."

A total state-wide fire ban is in place, with temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius predicted in most parts of the state, including Sydney.

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