Australia bushfires: Comedian Celeste Barber raises more than $20 million

Comedian Celeste Barber has raised NZ$20.86 million for fire services in Australia.

Barber, who has 6.4 million Instagram followers, started the Facebook fundraiser on Friday asking people to help in any way they could.

"This is terrifying," she wrote.

"I'm raising money for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service & Brigades Donations Fund and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate a lot or a little," she said on Facebook.

Barber thanked people for their support as donations were made from throughout the world. Donors praised her "incredible generosity".

Celeste Barber.
Celeste Barber. Photo credit: Getty

She's been personally affected by the fires, posting on Saturday night that her family was being evacuated.

"Thank you Celeste! This is an outpouring of love from around the world," one Facebook user said.

"We are so proud of you Celeste," another wrote.

Meanwhile, authorities in NSW are breathing a sigh of relief as conditions calm down amidst the bushfire crisis.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said on Sunday it was good news about the calmer conditions - but begged people not to get their hopes up

One person died in the state overnight but no one is unaccounted for, thanks to mass evacuations on Saturday.

Fitzsimmons said the situation is still volatile and has the potential to flare back up.

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