Last week, he was heckled when he visited a township in New South Wales where houses have been destroyed and one of them belonged to one of the three volunteer firefighters who have died in the crisis. Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, whose home is under threat from the fires, have donated $500,000 to Rural Fire Services.
A firefighting crew battles a fire near Burrill Lake, Australia, Jan. 5, 2020.
The fires have received worldwide attention in recent weeks, with many politicians and celebrities rallying to the cause.
Forty-one USA firefighters are in Victoria with a further 70 from Canada and the United States expected to join on Jan 8, the Victoria Country Fire Authority said on Twitter. 25 people have been killed and thousands of homes destroyed.
On Monday, authorities said that two more people are missing in remote parts of New South Wales.
Rain on Monday offered modest relief, but it was not heavy enough to extinguish the fires, and in some places, it hampered firefighters' preparations by making back-burning more hard. The sleepers measured over 600 degrees on a thermal temperature gauge two days after the fire front had passed through on January 6, 2020 in Wingello, Australia.
Experts say a combination of extreme heat, prolonged drought and strong winds have exacerbated the seasonal fires, with the country experiencing an unprecedented heatwave. So far, the blazes have killed 25 people, destroyed 2,000 homes and scorched an area twice the size of the USA state of Maryland.
Almost 40 fires, over 923,000 hectares have been burned across Victoria and 110 homes have been confirmed lost, 220 outbuildings destroyed.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian also urged Australians not to let their guards down.
More than 135 fires were still burning across New South Wales, including nearly 70 that were not contained.
No loss of life has been reported from Western Australia where 30 bushfires are burning.
In an awkward moment at a press conference with Prime Minister Scott Morrison this morning, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds was pushed on whether she had taken a break over Christmas. This is also an ecological disaster and so far, it is estimated that as many as 480 million animals have been killed.
"There's going to be a very significant economic impact, but. we want to get money out into these communities as fast as possible", Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.