Australian police on Monday scoured - without finding any victims - one of the areas in the southeastern portion of the state of Tasmania devastated by wildfires that have forced the evacuation of about 1,000 people.
The majority of the 100 or so people whose wellbeing was feared for on Sunday have been located, police inspector John Arnold told ABC radio.
However, Tasmania's acting police commissioner, Scott Tilyard, warned that "it's still too early to confirm" that there have been no fatalities.
On the Tasman peninsula, in the extreme southeastern part of the island and a zone that has been cut off by the fires, authorities managed to transport roughly 1,000 local residents by boat to Hobart, the state capital.
Other boats took provisions and food to the area, while the central government began organizing financial aid for those affected by the blazes.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday visited the spots in Tasmania where firefighters, police and volunteers are working to contain a dozen fires.
After Tasmania, the country's top current fire alert is in New South Wales, where temperatures will rise on Tuesday to highs of up to 45 C (113 F).
The state, which includes Sydney, on Monday was experiencing 90 fires, 20 of which have not yet been brought under control, but - for the moment - no residents or personal property are thought to be at risk.
Australians still have fresh in their minds the memory of the fires on Feb. 7, 2009 - so-called "Black Saturday" - that killed 173 people in the southeastern state of Victoria. EFE