NSW and Qld fires: Berejiklian declares state of emergency amid 'catastrophic' bushfire conditions – live squib

Fears for Sydney and the Hunter with conditions set to worsen on Tuesday, while dozens of bushfires continue to burn across Australia’s east coast

And earlier, RFS inspector Ben Shepherd reminded us that other parts of NSW will still have “severe and extreme” dangers on Tuesday.

The risk is all across the state, not just in the catastrophic and metro areas.

NSW will experience very dangerous fire conditions tomorrow, with Catastrophic fire danger forecast for Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter. Lives and homes will be at risk. A Total Fire Ban is in place for the all of NSW. More info here: https://t.co/6Rk3vcj6uv#nswrfs #nswfires pic.twitter.com/CfqNsxKJLs

What does Tuesday’s “catastrophic” fire rating mean – and where does it apply?

The deadliest bushfires in Australian history, the Black Saturday fires of February 2009, would have had a catastrophic rating. Those fires killed 173 people.

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