WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: A man has suffered horrific burns after his house was destroyed in the NSW bushfires.
Roy Escott, from Macksville, south of Coffs Harbour, lost his home and suffered burns to more than half his body on November 8, according to a GoFundMe page made by his son Freddy.
“It’s going to be a long recovery and knowing my dad he will give it his all to help others rebuild,” Freddy wrote.
“But this time unfortunately he can’t be the one to help.”
Mr Escott’s dog also went missing in the fire which ripped through the area.
It’s not known if the dog has been found yet.
On Tuesday Freddy wrote on Facebook his dad is “doing better” but “(there are) no words for his suffering”.
More homes expected to burn
An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire burning south of Glen Innes in the NSW Northern Tablelands.
A NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman on Wednesday afternoon said they had seen an increase in fire activity on the western edge of the Crown Mountain fire.
"The advice for those in the Aqua Park area is to leave now and head towards Glen Innes via Mount Mitchell Road," a spokesman said.
The warning comes after the RFS confirmed more than 720 homes have been destroyed over the fire season.
"Unfortunately the number of homes destroyed in this fire season continues to rise - now 724 homes confirmed lost. 2.7 million hectares burnt," RFS deputy commissioner Rob Rogers said on Twitter on Wednesday.
Temperatures soared in NSW on Tuesday, with hazardous bushfire smoke pollution blanketing much of the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology says although conditions have eased, the smoke will continue to linger over the next few days.
Air quality was on Wednesday morning deemed "hazardous" across Sydney's east, southwest and northwest, despite improved visibility.
"We are expecting (the smoke) to continue over the next few days ... with fires to the southwest and north of Sydney, we need easterly winds to help ease the smoke," a BOM forecaster told AAP.
Total fire bans are in place on Wednesday for northwestern NSW, the northern slopes and the central ranges.
Fire danger is severe in the northwestern region and "very high" in the north of the state as well as the upper central west plains, the central ranges, the southern ranges, the southern slopes and the ACT.
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