As flames raced through thick forests VISNEWS filmed Jan 25 Australian firemen and volunteers working desperately to protect the Cabbage Tree Creek settlement, Victoria, Australia.
GV Country road - raining.
Angle V Sun through trees.
LV Flames in forest.
LV Bulldozer pushing down trees.
SV Flames through trees.
CU Man driving bulldozer.
LV Bulldozer through flames.
SV Burning bush.
CU Man on phone.
LV Burning trees men in foreground.
SV Men in jeep near flames.
SV Burning trees.
LV Men fighting fire with sacks.
SV Woman walks past carrying wet sack.
SV Man with wet sack over head.
LV Men fighting flames.
CU Man carrying sack.
SCU Sign post-- 263 at Bellbird.
GV Club terrace.
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Background: As flames raced through thick forests VISNEWS filmed Jan 25 Australian firemen and volunteers working desperately to protect the Cabbage Tree Creek settlement, Victoria, Australia. Bulldozers were used to clear a safety 'ditch' in face of the all-devouring flames at Bellbird, another settlement a few miles from Cabbage Tree Creek.
A fierce, ever changing wind threatened to trap firefighting teams, but eventually turned the fire away. The battle to maintain communications went on, as fire and falling trees brought down the wires. Much prayed for rain gave the weary firefighters some respite...but not much.
Victoria is one of the hardest hit Australian states during the present 100 degree heat wave. Hospitals are crowded with people suffering from sun-stroke..babies with dehydration. Death roll in spate of forest fires steadily mounts.