25 Feb 2009

Bushfire conditions worsen

5:20 am on 25 February 2009

[b ]Seven bushfires are now burning out of control in Victoria where fierce conditions are expected later this week.

Temperatures in the 30s are expected by Thursday with extreme heat and a strong, southwesterly wind changes forecast for Friday.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment says it will be a major achievement, if the current fires can be held until Friday.

The death toll from the fires on 7 February is 210.

Firefighters in Australia's worst bushfire disaster are being reinforced by teams from NSW, Western Australia and New Zealand.