More than 100 fires are burning across New South Wales.
Above 1500 firefighters are fighting to bring the flames under control.
NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald: "This is as bad as it gets. You're talking people losing everything they own. You're talking key community infrastructure being destroyed by fire today. You're talking massive dislocation to arterial roads and transport corridors. We haven't even taken an assessment yet of the utilities that have been damaged or destroyed. There's talk of water treatment centres, there's talk of power-line infrastructure."
A man died after he suffered heart attack while trying to protect his home from fire in Central Coast.
--IBNS (Posted on 18-10-2013)