A state of disaster has been declared or the first time in Victoria, as deadly bushfires rage in East Gippsland and the northeast.
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As night fell along the Princes Highway on the NSW south coast, thousands of people laid out bedding, pulled up camping chairs, walked their dogs and put their children to sleep on the side of the road as a long convoy of bushfire evacuees waited for the road to re-open.
Millions of animals are dead and hundreds of thousands more will perish over coming days as a result of killer bushfires terrorising southeast Australia.
Three women are under investigation for launching paper sky lanterns at New Year that apparently ignited a devastating fire at a German zoo, killing more than 30 animals, officials said.
A second man has died in Victoria's massive bushfires and an unprecedented state of disaster has been declared for the regions most ravaged by blazes.
NSW faces a two-day total fire ban, the third state of emergency in as many months and calls to evacuate its southeast.
Home in Hobart's northwest remain threatened by a bushfire despite a downgrade to the warning level for the blaze.
An alleged murder in far north Queensland has led to hundreds of people taking to the streets armed with makeshift weapons and homes being set on fire.
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