The outskirts of Sydney face a “catastrophic” threat from deadly raging bushfires.

A state of emergency has been declared in both New South Wales and Queensland with at least three people reported dead and thousands displaced by more than 120 bushfires across the two states.

But the worst danger is forecast for areas around Sydney tomorrow.

The blazes triggered a Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel alert.

The FCO said: “Several bushfires are currently burning across Northern New South Wales extending into the Sunshine Coast region in Queensland, with many residents advised to evacuate.

“The New South Wales Rural Fire Service have advised the Greater Sydney and Greater Hunter regions will experience catastrophic fire danger on Tuesday 12 November 2019. This is the highest possible level of risk.

“The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has advised people in areas at risk to move to larger towns, shopping centres or facilities and to keep away from bushland areas.

“If you’re in or near an affected area, stay safe and follow the advice of local authorities.”