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Victorian firefighters have left hundreds of helmets on state parliament steps to protest against the state government's failure to deliver more firies.
The NSW government says about 100 home sites will be cleared by Christmas following bushfires that swept through the Blue Mountains in October.
The NSW government is warning Blue Mountains residents to watch out for unauthorised offers from tradies after the recent bushfires.
Inadequate equipment and exploding ordnance hampered efforts to fight a fire at a Defence training ground, an inquiry has heard.
A watch and act bushfire alert has been issued for people in Perth's south with lives and homes in danger.
An inquiry into how a Defence training exercise sparked a massive NSW bushfire has heard personnel had to dodge shrapnel as they fought the blaze.
The Climate Council says the heating, drying climate means more risk of bushfires in future, and that Australia will need many more firefighters.
Free weekend buses and trains should be laid on to the Blue Mountains to help the area recover from the October bushfires, the NSW opposition says.
A total fire ban has been declared for much of South Australia for Sunday.
A commission of inquiry will begin on Monday into a fire in the Blue Mountains sparked by a defence force training exercise.