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Latest: Bushfire emergencies in NSW, Qld

The latest on the NSW and Queensland bushfires

NSW:

* Emergency warnings issued for 11 fires across NSW on Tuesday afternoon

* 80 fires burning, with about 30 out of control and eight at "watch and act" level

* Winds gusting up to 80km/h forecast from midday across NSW will exacerbate already hot, dry conditions

* Three people dead since Friday

* 100 people injured including 20 firefighters

* At least 150 homes destroyed with the figure expected to rise

* Catastrophic fire danger rating for the Greater Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions on Tuesday

* Extreme fire danger ratings - the second-highest - for the southern and central ranges and northwestern, northern slopes, New England and north coast regions

* Authorities warn embers can jump 20 to 30 kilometres in front of a raging fire

* 600 schools closed across NSW with a week-long state of emergency declared

* 3000 firefighters deployed or on standby and 80 aircraft at the ready

* Armed forces ready to help with search and rescue operations

* More than one million hectares have burnt or are burning this fire season - that's the same as the combined total for the past three seasons

QLD:

* 12 homes lost since late last week

* 55 fires burning but none at emergency level

* Most of Queensland faces high or very high fire danger in the days ahead but some pockets face greater risk

* The southeast including Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, face severe fire danger on Tuesday and Wednesday along with the drought-stricken Darling Downs and Granite Belt

* The Wide Bay and Burnett region also faces severe danger on Wednesday

* Current fires of concern include Cobraball near Yeppoon in central Queensland where 11 homes have been lost

* Other significant blazes are burning in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hinterlands, and the Scenic Rim west of Brisbane

* The 12th home was at Cooroibah near Noosa

* Eight more homes have minor to moderate fire damage, five at Cobraball and three at Lower Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland

* Other structures including farm sheds lost and 11,000 hectares burnt in central Queensland

* State of fire emergency in force across 42 local government areas, total ban on outdoor fires and activities that can spark fires.

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