"These fires have already claimed two lives and we're expecting worse news as the day unfolds." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters at Kirribilli House.
"We are so impacted by drought and the lack of rain. It's climate change, there's no doubt about it. The whole of the country is going to be affected. We need to take a serious look at our future." - Glen Innes Severn Council mayor Carol Sparks with a dire warning about the state of the region.
"It was an unprecedented event. It was devastating. It was a storm. It wasn't a fire - it was a firestorm." - Nymboida RFS captain Paul Johnston told the ABC of a blaze at Liberation Trail.
"Our thoughts and prayers go to the families and loved ones of those two deceased persons. We do need to brace ourselves, and what is concerning is that the forecast weather conditions on Tuesday could mean that we're not through the worst of it." - NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said at RFS NSW headquarters.
"We've just heard that a member of the community who was treated on scene last night for several hours, found badly burned, the reports were of 40 to 50 per cent of her body. She was also unconscious, the crews were rendering CPR and first aid for several hours. Despite the best efforts of all involved, that lady has passed away in hospital." - RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons as he announced a second person had died in Glen Innes fires.
"It was the eeriest, strangest and most bizarre day that I've ever experienced. The sound and the roar of the fire front, and just the sheer anger that the fire front presented in almost an instant, is what's probably stuck with me." - Clarence Valley councillor Richie Williamson told ABC TV of the damage around Coutts Crossing.