At least 15 homes were lost and a firefighter injured on Friday in a fast-moving bushfire in the country town of Carwoola, around 30 kilometres south east of the Australian capital, Canberra.
The fire was still burning out of control on Friday evening.
The injured firefighter, a man aged in his 40s, was being treated in hospital for burns and pelvic injuries, according to AAP.
Local police told ABC Radio that the number of homes lost was expected to rise with access to the area limited as the fire continued to burn. No other injuries or fatalities were reported.
Greg Allen, a representative of the Rural Fire Service, issued an emergency safety warning to nearby residents who had not evacuated the area.
“Certainly get inside a solid structure of your home, " Mr Allen said. "Close all windows, watch for embers, fill up the bath tub and have water prepared and ready to assist should fire take hold outside or inside the property."
The fire was fuelled by hot and windy conditions and was moving east towards the city of Queanbeyan. Large firefighting aircraft continued to battle the blaze on Friday evening.
More than 80 fires were burning across the New South Wales on Friday, several of which were ignited by lightning strikes after a severe storm swept through the state in the afternoon.
Sydney was slammed by a severe thunderstorm in the afternoon, knocking out power to almost 40,000 homes and causing havoc for Friday’s peak hour, with several commuter trains cancelled due to lightning strikes.
Many parts of Australia have experienced extreme weather conditions in recent weeks, with New South Wales recording its hottest February on record.