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The first bushfires of the season -

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LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: Back to our top story now on the first bushfires of the season - even though we're barely out of winter. For the latest I'm joined by Rob Rogers, the deputy commissioner of the rural fire service in New South Wales.

ROB ROGERS, DEPUTY PRIME COMMISSIONER, NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE: Good evening, Leigh. Look, it's eased somewhat now as night's come the winds dropped, the temperature's dropped, humidity starting to rise so the intensity of the fires has reduced considerably. But the danger's not over yet. There's a lot of fire. There's still 40 fires uncontained burning throughout the State, quite a bunch of them in western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. They're going to take a great deal of time to get containment lines around plus they're all burning around homes and in quite difficult terrain, particularly in the Blue Mountains. So we're looking at some days of trying to get containment on these fires.

LEIGH SALES: What sort of conditions are you anticipating tomorrow?

ROB ROGERS: Well, tomorrow will be a lot milder but no moisture. Winds from the south west as opposed to the north west, which obviously are the hotter winds, so not as bad but certainly not sort of ideal conditions for putting fires out. The fires will keep burning but they won't be of the intensity that we had today in temperature in the 30s and in excess of 60km/h gusts that we were having throughout most of today. So it won't be a repeat of today but we've got an awful lot of fire to try to contain.

LEIGH SALES: How unusual is it to get fires like this at this time of year?

ROB ROGERS: Look, getting the fires is not unusual. I guess the difference is that a lot of parts of Sydney particularly, indeed the State, hasn't had rain for about seven weeks. So the areas that these fires are occurring in, we're talking about seven weeks without rain so it's very, very dry. I think you've had a record warm winter, then seven weeks of no rain and then some unseasonably warm weather. So if you add all those together you've got a recipe of really difficult fire conditions which is exactly what we saw today. I mean , the types of fire behaviour are what you would expect obviously in midsummer but it's a combination of all those elements that have given us the situation we had today and unfortunately we've confirmed the loss of two homes, quite a few fire fighters injured just due to the severe conditions. Now tomorrow morning we will have our building impact assessment teams and fire investigators out looking at cause with police and going through and seeing if there were more homes being lost. There are sheds and vehicles and a whole range of other things that people hold dear that have been lost in these tragic fires today.

LEIGH SALES: I'm very sorry to hear that. Rob Rogers, good luck to you and your crews and you keep working through the night.

ROB ROGERS: Thank you.