First-Person Firefighting Looks Intense

For the past few days, some of the worst bushfires in Australian history have been burning across the state of New South Wales. Hundreds of homes have been lost, and the fires are so big that my hometown of Canberra, 300km away, was blanketed in smoke for much of the weekend.


This is what it looks like fighting those fires. This footage was taken by a Rural Fire Service volunteer, who strapped a GoPro camera to his helmet while fighting a fire near Mt. Victoria in the Blue Mountains.

Things are looking so bad today that the RFS is warning of the potential for a "mega fire", as three of the largest blazes may link up.


Mt Victoria Fire [YouTube, via Gizmodo AU]

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Char Aznable

Hey, Luke— my girlfriend is from ACT, Tuggeranong. She lives with me in the US now, though. You nearby there? She used to tell me about these kinds of fires...