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.
The NSW government has announced an extra $810,000 for backburning and maintaining fire trails across the state.
All the fire-ravaged communities of the NSW Blue Mountains want for Christmas is a chance to rebuild, a community meeting has heard.
Residents in fire-prone areas are being warned not to be complacent, despite the rain and snow across parts of New South Wales.
Firefighters have contained one of two bushfires burning in the state's Mid West.
A bushfire watch-and-act warning remains for people north of Dongara in WA's Mid West region, where flames are reaching up to 8m high.
The RFS has downgraded an emergency warning for an uncontained scrub fire burning near Cootamundra in southwestern NSW.