Up to 80 homes have been lost to bushfires across Victoria and NSW in the past 48 hours

It’s been a busy weekend for fire crews in Australia. Picture: Getty Images

  • Temperatures approach 40C in south NSW.
  • Flames up to ‘seven metres high’ threaten Victorian towns.
  • Watch-and-act alerts in place, no deaths reported so far.

Bushfires which swept through the Tathra region on the NSW south coast have claimed at least 70 buildings.

There are no reports of deaths or missing people, but four people were treated for smoke inhalation due to the fires at Tathra.

The Rural Fire Service says the fires, which burnt around 1070ha, were now under control and emergency levels are set to watch-and-act.

In the nearby town of Bega, more than 200 people are sheltering at an evacuation centre after losing their homes.

Temperatures in and around Bega hit 38C yesterday.

Bega High School, Tathra Public School, Tanja Public School, and Bournda Environmental Education School have been closed for the day.

And at least 18 homes have been lost in several towns in Victoria’s southwest, and an estimated 40,000ha of bush and grassland.

Again, no one has so far been reported injured or killed. One resident told the ABC of the “phenomenal speed” of how quick the fires swept through Terang, with flames reported up to “seven metres high”.

The flames were fanned by gale-force winds, captured here on video by Shayne Whiteley:

There are still dozens of watch-and-act alerts in place across the region and the CFA says today’s fire rating is Very High in Central and High for the rest of Victoria.

The towns of Camperdown, Cobden and Timboon are still under threat, with warnings in place for about 50 towns across an area of 160km, from Hamilton to Port Campbell. Here’s some footage from Saturday night from Jonathan Hair, for ABC News: