9 January 2013
Last updated at 08:07
Cooler weather is helping firefighters contain blazes that have been burning across several states in Australia, after days of record-breaking temperatures.
The cool front followed searing heat on Tuesday in the south-east - conditions that led Prime Minister Julia Gillard to warn residents to brace for a "dangerous day".
New South Wales - the country's most populous state - has been the worst hit, with at least 130 wildfires, about 30 of which are still said to be out of control.
A total fire ban is still ongoing across New South Wales, including the Kyebeyan Valley (pictured), where plumes of smoke from fires filled the sky on Tuesday.
Four areas in New South Wales were given a "catastrophic" fire danger rating on Tuesday, meaning that if fires broke out, they would be uncontrollable and fast-moving. The rating has since been downgraded.
All national parks, forests and nature reserves are closed, with tourists evacuated from campsites in the danger areas.
Broad swathes of farmland have been devastated, including this area near the town of Deniliquin, in New South Wales.
The southern island state of Tasmania was badly hit by wildfires over the weekend, with more than 100 houses destroyed.
The fires follows a heat wave across much of the country. The "national area-average" temperatures for the first six days of 2013 have made it into the top 20 hottest days on record in Australia.
The temperatures are so high, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has extended its weather forecast chart from 50.7 to 54 degrees, adding the new colours of deep purple and pink to illustrate the top end of the scale. More high temperatures are expected later in the week.