SYDNEY, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Tens of bushfires broke out across Australia's state of New South Wales (NSW) on Thursday afternoon, with the state's Hunter, Central West and Southern Highlands facing immediate threats.
The bushfires burnt out of control near the cities of Lithgow, Wollongong, Camden, Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Wyong and the Blue Mountains in NSW, with emergency warnings already being issued.
It's reported that some 60 fires are burning across the state in the day, with 20 of them uncontained, and nearly 600 firefighters are putting the fires in the deteriorating conditions.
Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation "If we get through with less than 100 homes destroyed today, we have been lucky".
The temperatures will hit 35 and wind gusts will reach up to 80 kilometers per hour, according to the weather bureau forecast.