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Six states face dire bushfire conditions

All six Australian states are simultaneously on high fire alert as extreme weather stokes dangerous conditions across the country:

NEW SOUTH WALES

* Six lives and 612 houses destroyed this bushfire season.

* 55 fires still burning across NSW, 31 uncontained.

* 1750 firefighters battling blazes.

* Winds of up to 60km/h forecast across southern border region.

* 12 total fire bans across the state.

* High temperatures expected for northern NSW on Friday.

VICTORIA

* State's highest bushfire warning - code red - issued on Thursday for the first time in almost a decade.

* Fires bearing down on central Victorian towns Clunes, Bonn and Strathallan, with residents told it's too late to leave.

* Temperatures hitting high 30's, tipping 40C in central Victoria and Melbourne.

* Cool change expected to ease conditions in the afternoon.

QUEENSLAND

* 67 fires burning out of control, officials concerned about three.

* Fire front stretches across 100km.

* 20 houses destroyed in the past fortnight.

* Cooler temperatures expected to ease conditions on Thursday afternoon.

* High or very high bushfire danger to persist for rest of the week.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

* State facing catastrophic bushfire conditions for second day in a row.

* One bushfire burning out of control on the Yorke Peninsula.

* 33 people injured on Wednesday and towns evacuated.

* 11 properties affected by the fires, but full extent of destruction unknown.

* Conditions easing today and tomorrow with cool northeasterly wind change expected.

TASMANIA

* Parts of east coast and midlands facing extreme bushfire rating.

* Cool change expected to ease conditions this afternoon.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

* Catastrophic fire warning issued for southern interior parts of the state.

© AAP 2019