Spring has hit eastern Australia with unseasonal bushfires and storms causing damage running into million of dollars.
AV Firemen hosing down fire in National Park.
AV Fire engine and firebeaters fighting fire. (3 SHOTS)
SCU ZOOM IN CU Fireman speaking in English.
SV & SU injured firemen (6 SHOTS)
HITCHCOCK:"One of the worst outbreaks today was at Garrie, in the National Park. Up to sixty men and ten watertankers have been involved in this fight since late yesterday. Extra men were rushed in earlier this morning when the fire threatened to engulf a public hostel and holiday homes built near the beach. Although not able to completely extinguish the blaze, by cutting a series of firebreaks they ere able t o contain it and stop it from spreading to more heavily timbered areas close by. Some of the men had been at it for twelve hours without a break, while others had snatched only a couple of hours sleep since yesterday afternoon. And there's always the extra element of danger in such blustery conditions."
FIREMAN:"We had a few sticky moment as you always do in a fire and then you get an easy patch for a while."
HITCHCOCK:"It's not shaping up as a good season then is it?"
FIREMAN:"Very, very serious, I'd say."
HITCHCOCK:"And this group suffered probably the first injuries of what promises to be a long bushfire season. One man certainly won't wear nylon socks again. They melted in the intense heat and gave him severe leg burns. Three others suffered beat exhaustion after being forced backwards across red hot country just by the fire."
REPORTER: KEVIN HITCHCOCK
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Background: Spring has hit eastern Australia with unseasonal bushfires and storms causing damage running into million of dollars. Firefighting teams battle against the flames around Sydney in national park areas on Wednesday (10 September) while high winds lashed houses in the Blue Mountains, taking off roofs and uprooting trees. In some places winds reached 136 kilometres (84 miles) and hour. Channel Ten's Kevin Hitchcock reports.