SYDNEY, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of bushfires are still burning out of control across Australia's state of New South Wales (NSW) on Friday, with thousands of local residents spending last night in evacuation centers.
It's reported that nearly 100 fires are burning across the state in the morning, with 30 of them uncontained, and 1500 firefighters are still battling the fires.
Firefighters said as many as 200 homes and over 20,000 hectares of land are feared to be destroyed as the bushfires broke out across the state from Thursday and strong winds worsened the conditions.
"I suspect if we get through that without the loss of life, we should thank God for miracles," said Barry O'Farrell, NSW premier at a news conference on Thursday evening.
The premier also warned that it would take days to extinguish all the fires.
The full extent of the catastrophe will be clear later the day, according to the authorities.