Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to four

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Tony Wellington, mayor of the Queensland town of Noosa North Shore, said residents there were being evacuated for the second time in a week.

"The man is yet to be formally identified, however, it's believed to be the body of a 58-year-old man who lived in a shed nearby", NSW Police said.

It was not immediately clear when the man died but the body was found near the town of Kempsey by local residents just before midnight on Tuesday, police said today.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has described it as "inappropriate" to discuss the issue while fires continue to rage but insisted her government has not shied away from the issue and is prepared to discuss it at a later stage.

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A coalition of 23 fire and emergency services leaders from every state and territory are insisting harder-to-control fires have broken out earlier-than-normal across New South Wales and Queensland because of global warming. "We stand together we stand proud!"

It comes after a horror few days which saw firefighters battle an "unprecedented" number of emergency level fires on multiple fronts.

Kat Robinson-Williams said she received messages from people concerned that she is fighting fires while expecting a baby.

A severe fire danger warning remains in place for much southern Queensland for the next week, with soaring temperatures and thunderstorms expected.

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"We now have fires which are going through until April, May and June".

U.S. Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse Jr. said firefighting Tanker 911, a converted McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jet that can drop 35,600 liters (9,400 gallons) of fire retardant, was on its way from New Mexico to the Australian east coast to help.

The 55-year-old Hollywood superstar said the property had "lost a couple of buildings", some fires were still burning and "we are out of water".

More than 50 homes have been damaged or destroyed in New South Wales and 13 firefighters were injured, though none seriously, by wildfires that subsided yesterday.

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