On Saturday January 13 a bushfire near Masonite Road threatened the communities of Tomago, Williamtown, and Raymond Terrace 17 Km north of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
(If you don’t see the video below shot from an air attack aircraft, click HERE.)
Emergency Warning: Masonite Rd fire, Tomago. Fire moving in Nth’ly direction away from Cabbage Tree Rd towards Raymond Terrace & Campvale areas. Residents on SE side of Raymond Terrace & those in Campvale area advised to seek shelter as the fire approaches https://t.co/uoCV1J7lWGpic.twitter.com/E0PK23q90m
The fire was fought by 66 firefighters from the Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service. They were assisted by helicopters and Air Tanker 912, a DC-10 that was recently renamed “Nancy Bird” in honor of an Australian aviatrix.
Above: A helicopter flies over the Currandooley Fire near Tarago. New South Wales Rural Fire Service photo.
The Currandoole Fire has burned 6,054 acres (2,450 ha) and one structure in the Boro and Mount Fairy area south of Tarago, New South Wales.
On Tuesday a severe thunderstorm moved across the fire and dropped some rain, but not enough to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines Tuesday night ahead of challenging hot, dry and windy conditions predicted for Wednesday.
The DC-10 and RJ85 air tankers were dispatched and assisted firefighters on the ground.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service, in the middle of their down under bushfire season, posted this photo yesterday with the following description:
Multi-agency briefing held this morning at NSW RFS State Operations Centre, ensuring all involved are aware and sharing details of current situation and latest weather forecasts for today. Currently we have 18 fires across NSW, 5 of which are yet to be contained. There are are over 60 vehicles and 200 personnel deployed, as well as 4 Rapid Aerial Response Teams (RART) and 20 aircraft tasked to assist.
UPDATE January 18, 2017: here is a better photo of the NSW RFS State Operations Center on January 18, 2017:
The video above shows a Aircrane helicopter scooping water and then dropping on a wildfire north of Sydney, New South Wales. As the aircraft flew over the ocean it lowered a pipe into the water with a scoop on the end, forcing about 2,500 gallons into its tank.
Below we see infrared video of the fire shot from a NSW Rural Fire Service aircraft, apparently in the early stages when the blaze was much smaller.