Prime Minister Scott Morrison confronted by angry locals in Cobargo as bushfires continue

Touring the fire-ravaged town of Cobargo, a woman demanded the PM for more funding for the Rural Fire Service while there was another awkward moment when a firefighter refused to shake his hand..

Two people died near the Bega Valley town when it was hit by a raging bushfire early on New Year's Eve.

Visiting the town on Thursday to meet emergency services workers and offer his support to bushfire victims, the PM found himself confronted by a group of angry locals.

One person told Mr Morrison he should be "ashamed of himself" and said he had "left the country to burn".

"You're a mutt ScoMo," they yelled.

"I'm not surprised people are feeling very raw at the moment," Mr Morrison told the ABC after the confrontation.

"That's why I came today, to be here, to see it for myself [and] offer what comfort I could.

"I understand the strong feelings people have; they've lost everything. There's been a lot of emotion ... and I understand that emotion."

Mr Morrison's visit came as authorities warned conditions in the NSW and Victorian firegrounds on Saturday could be as bad as those on New Year's Eve.



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