Australian fire crew records dashcam video of journey through bushfire

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2019

"We've got very tight, winding roads into a lot of these areas, which is why we talked about leaving early as the safest option", Fitzsimmons told reporters.

Harrowing dashcam footage from the Australian bushfires has been posted online by a NSW fire brigade.

"We will update people not just on what's been lost, but, most importantly, critically importantly, for communities, the firefighters themselves, who feel so deflated, who feel such sadness and despair at seeing so much loss".

Most of the 14 emergency warnings issued by the authorities yesterday, including the Turramurra fire, told affected residents they must seek cover and that it was too late to flee their homes. Four people in New South Wales were charged with breaching a total fire ban order, sparking fury from the state's police minister.

Residents defend a property from a bushfire at Hillsville near Taree, 350km north of Sydney on 12 November, 2019.

Firefighters in Australia are now battling hundreds of wildfires, with at least nine emergency-level fires, after a "catastrophic" day of no rain.

"I have to confess to being hugely relieved this morning that yesterday our unbelievable volunteers and emergency service personnel withstood the catastrophic conditions and did manage to save life and property", Ms Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.

"Conditions are now very risky and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing", Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said.

The worst of the weather was not expected until later in the afternoon and through the evening, with temperatures set to reach 37 deg C, along with strong winds.

Lawmakers and firefighters have said they are prepared - but warned there's only so much they can do, as they take on soaring heat and high winds.

But he warned the challenge ahead remained vast.

A number of large bush fires are now burning in the Coutts Crossing, Coramba, and Glenreagh areas.

Hundreds of trucks were out in the field, along with 80 aircraft.

"But the amount of dense smoke that effectively blanketed northeastern NSW served as an insulation layer, served as a buffer".

A cool change on Wednesday brought relief for firefighters battling massive bushfires in eastern Australia which destroyed 50 homes and saw flames come within metres of homes on the outskirts of Sydney.

"This will only worsen throughout the afternoon as the weather conditions continue to deteriorate, and particularly those strong winds strengthen", he said.

The armed forces are still standing by to provide support, including for search and rescue operations and other logistical duties.

The Academy Award-winning actor owns a 400-hectare property in Nana Glen - one of the emergency zones.

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