Victoria state Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said at least 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain would need to fall over a short period of time in order to snuff out the fires - around 20 times what has fallen across the region in the past day.
Ellen DeGeneres also used her acceptance speech for her Carol Burnett Award to express her condolences to the many animals who have lost their lives.
New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said reports of property losses "likely to be numbering in the hundreds" as a result of Saturday's fire activity.
The crew of federal firefighters based in the Angeles National Forest north of Los Angeles will depart on Monday, said Carrie Bilbao, a spokeswoman with the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, which is mobilizing US resources in response to Australia's requests for global firefighting aide.
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Impeachment proceedings have stalled over the witness issue. "They're hoping that the Senate will make their case for them". They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
According to the source, the action is now possible as temperatures and winds have eased, which allowed the creation of physical barriers to avoid potential damage and further fires in the coming days.
The sheer scale of the Australian bushfire crisis is hard to comprehend.
He has faced widespread criticism for taking a family vacation in Hawaii at the start of the wildfire crisis, as well as for his sometimes distracted approach as the disaster has escalated and his slowness in deploying resources. There are now 136 fires spread across the country, and only 69 of them are contained. We are told different things by different people.
Here's how we can help the wildlife victims of these fires during this devastating time. "Things should have been put in place". On Tuesday, rescue crews were still trying to reach some affected communities. In Mallacoota, a popular tourist destination near Victoria, 4,000 people fled to the nearby lake to escape the flames. Heavy smoke squandered the navy's efforts to airlift people out on Monday.
The prime minister said the military was attempting to get food, fuel and water to burned-out communities, and engineers were working to reopen roads and resupply evacuation centres.
As Australia's catastrophic wildfires rage on with no end in sight, University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman said the number of animals killed in the blazes has topped one billion-a horrifying figure that the scientist described as a "very conservative" estimate. Cooler conditions and light rain has provided some relief for firefighters in NSW who continue to battle bushfires across the state.