As of last Friday, fire crews are still battling over 120 fires in NSW and Queensland and locals in Western Australia have now been warned of extremely dangerous conditions.
A man’s body was found in northern New South Wales on Thursday, days after a fire ripped through the region.
A 16 year old lad has been charged with lighting a fire that destroyed 14 homes around the town of Yeppoon, 650km (400 miles) north of Brisbane, Queensland Police said.
Fire chiefs have warned the worst of the summer is “still ahead of us”, after expressing alarm at the scale and severity of the spring bushfires.
Since Friday, four people have died and at least 500 homes have been destroyed or damaged by fires in NSW.
Police said the latest victim was found in burnt-out bushland near Kempsey, 400km north of Sydney. He was yet to be identified.
In Queensland, crews are working to contain over 70 fires. Thousands of residents were warned to leave or defend their homes when blazes escalated on Wednesday, prompting emergency warnings.
Further south in NSW, officials said the fight was “not over yet” due to forecasts of rising temperatures ahead of the weekend.
More than one million hectares have been burnt across the state since September. The greater Sydney area was issued with its first ever “catastrophic” fire warning on Tuesday, with officials expressing relief no lives were lost on that day.