Category: World / January 15, 2013 11:53 AM EST
Firefighters on Tuesday (January 15) continued to battle what they described as one of the most ferocious bushfires Australia’s New South Wales has seen in decades.
More than 100 fires are burning across vast areas in the state, 25 of which are still out of control, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) said.
RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons visited the fire-ravaged Coonabarabran region together with the state's Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner
"Look, undoubtedly you saw firefighters and the community through Coonabarabran here face one of the most ferocious, intense, fast moving bushfires we've seen in decades,"
It may take days to get the blaze under control, according to authorities
Local media said more than 100 residents have camped out at evacuation centers, though most residents are said to be staying with friends.