In South East Australia, two fires have devastated hundreds of square miles of bushland and grazing property.
LAMAROO, NEAR ADELAIDE
AVs Smoke and flames rising from bush fire fronts as firefighters vehicles stand by. (4 SHOTS)
GV & SV Light aircraft on ground with smoke rising over hilltop as technicians stand on vehicles. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Light aircraft flying towards smoke.
SV INTERIOR Coordinators working at control unit, examining map. (3 SHOTS)
GV Firefighters' vehicles beside trees.
DENGALLY CONSERVATION PARK, NEAR RENMARK
AVs Fires burning in scrubland and amongst trees, smoke rising. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: In South East Australia, two fires have devastated hundreds of square miles of bushland and grazing property. Firefighters used light aircraft to drop water bombs on the flames, but with little effect. The fires started on December 25, and two days later, huge clouds of smoke were still billowing in the River Murray area and near the border with Victoria State. All available fire-fighting units were called to the areas, where the flames were threatening nearby towns. Thousands of wild animals have perished in the Ngarkat Conservation Park. Several dozen firemen in South Australia were injured in the rash of fires in South Australia, while in New South Wales, another fire emergency was declared in the northern city of Cobar. One man had died in New South Wales fighting the fires around Dubbo.