A group of Australia’s top former emergency and fire chiefs are fuming after it’s been revealed that Scott Morrison ignored their warnings of catastrophic bushfire conditions.

The group was trying for months to get a meeting with the prime minister, and say that would have urged the government that the situation was dire and they needed to immediately lease aerial firefighting resources from overseas.

“This is very frustrating,” Mr Mullins said.

“Had we spoken back in April, one of the things we would’ve said is to try to get more aircraft on lease from the northern hemisphere because (we knew) this was going to be a horror fire season.

“They can be a decisive weapon.”

Mullins said the group tried to get their report to the PM but were repeatedly ignored.

“No answer. If there’d been an answer, there’d be more of those aircraft in the air as we speak,” Mr Mullins said.