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FILE: This picture taken on 31 December 2019 shows a firefighter hosing down trees and flying embers in an effort to secure nearby houses from bushfires near the town of Nowra in the Australian state of New South Wales. Picture: AFP

Bushfire

'A long way to go': Australians flee as heat, winds fan huge bushfires

Fire conditions are expected to become extreme later in the day in several places, accompanied by high winds.