AUSTRALIANS are bracing for a dangerous and unpredictable night as the fires are expected to worsen.
To date, 23 people have tragically lost their lives due to the Australia fires raging across the country since September, with dozens more missing.
Australia fires map - Temperature forecast for Jan 4 with highs of 46CCredit: BSCH
Australia Fires Map
Killer fires are continuing to ravage Australia with people fleeing New South Wales where a week-long state of emergency is in force.
Australians are bracing for a dangerous and unpredictable night as fires are set to worsen.
New South Wales fire commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has warned of "volatile" conditions which could intensify the fires.
Since the start of September, fires in Australia have killed at least 23 people.
Dozens of people are also missing and some 1,500 homes have been lost in the fires.
Australia fire map - here are the areas most affected right now
What has happened so far?
- On January 4, Australians are bracing for a dangerous and unpredictable night as bushfires are expected to worsen.
- A mass evacuation took place on January 3 as around 1,000 people in Mallacoota, Victoria, who were sheltering on beaches. were ferried to the town of Western Port.
- On January 3, a farmer spotted a creepy devil face looming in the clouds above a forest blaze - he said: "I'm not really into hokey pokey spooky stuff but there's a big devil face right in the fire".
- On January 2 it was announced that the state of New South Wales declared a week-long state of emergency as high temperatures and strong winds are set for the following few days, fuelling the deadly blazes.
- The first day of the year saw Aussies face a "humanitarian crisis" as food, water and fuel began to run out while bushfires continued to spread.
- In more devastating news, it was revealed 30 per cent of koala habitat had been destroyed and experts warned the marsupials could become extinct.
- On the same day two volunteer firefighters were tragically killed after a tree fell on their vehicle.
- On December 19, five hero firefighters were injured when their tanker was overrun by fire.
- On December 11, the Rural Fire Service confirmed that 724 homes, 49 facilities and 1582 outbuildings had been destroyed in NSW.
The fires have destroyed dozens of vehicles in and around Sydney with burned shells dotted across the city
- Throughout November, 1,228,050 acres of land was destroyed in a bushfire at a national park in NSW.
- The country saw terrifying apocalyptic scenes as families were trapped inside their homes and skies turned red in November.
- On 21 November, lightning strikes ignited a series of fires in Victoria.''''''''''
- On November 20, a huge blaze broke out on Yorke peninsula, aircraft were scrambled to water bomb the blaze as it crept closer to two local towns.
- On November 19, Sydney was left "trapped" inside a thick cloud of smoke with dozens of people treated for asthma and breathing problems.
- And in a shocking rant, disgraced rugby star Israel Folau blamed the country's wildfires on same-sex marriage and abortion.
- On November 13, a terrifying 600 mile wide wall of flames swept across NSW.
- The following day, Sydney said they were braced for "catastrophe" and Russell Crowe's mansion came under threat.
- And on the same day in South Australia authorities warned of an "uncontrolled" blaze heading towards homes in the area.
- In Queensland, 49,000 acres and six homes were destroyed on November 11.
- October 30 brought heartbreaking news that hundreds of koalas were thought to have been burned alive as fires swept through an important koala breeding ground.
- In south-east New South Wales, late October saw the start of a number of bushfires in remote woodland.
- These blazes raged on, eventually becoming one massive inferno, dubbed the Wattle Creek Fire.
- Several fires also broke out across Tasmania during the month.
- Fire crews in Tuncurry attempt to bring a forest fire in the area under control
Rescue workers create fire breaks ahead of the Gospers Mountain bushfire in Sydney, Australia
- On September 10, a heartbreaking image was circulated online showing a burnt koala shielding her tiny baby from harm.
- And on the same day, The Sun revealed that I’m A Celebrity could be under threat from the raging wildfires, as they swept dangerously close to the £7million state-of-the-art studio.
- On September 9, a blaze on the Sunshine Coast tore through homes.
- On September 8, a historic lodge in the Gold Coast that had stood for 86 years was destroyed in the fires, which had previously razed several homes.
- On September 7 a number of out of control blazes threatened townships across South Eastern and Northern Queensland, destroying several homes.
- On September 6, northern areas in New South Wales began experiencing bushfires. The blaze carried through until October, tragically killing two.