Australian fire fighters jump for joy as rain drenches NSW bushfire zone
Fire fighters on New South Wales' mid-north coast have been captured jumping for joy as torrential rain pours over the fire-ravaged grounds. The Leongatha Fire Brigade shared the touching video of their volunteer crew laughing and dancing gleefully with locals in Rolland Plains, around 40 kilometres from Port Macquarie, as they huddled for shelter on Sunday, 24 November 2019. The fire fighters travelled from Victoria's South Gippsland Shire to join the battle against the blazes burning through NSW. The brigade also acknowledged the locals' help cooking meals for firefighters and residents forced from their homes. A low-pressure system in the area is moving slowly out to sea, bringing welcomed rain and potential hail.
The video has amassed more than 600 000 views and over 10 000 shares since it was uploaded on Monday, 25 November 2019, with many expressing their gratitude for the fire fighters. "I'm crying with the happiest tears to see this. You guys and gals have fought an exhausting battle. What a relief... my heart is so happy seeing this," one person commented.
"There is no doubt about the Aussie spirit, helping each other out. Makes me very proud of the Victorian crews that have gone up north to help their fellow emergency services... stay safe and come home soon," wrote another.
Bushfires have ravaged around 2,5 million acres (3 900 square miles) of farmland and bush across Australia’s east coast in recent weeks, killing four people and destroying hundreds of homes.
A number of New Zealanders took to the comments to send well wishes to those across the ditch. "Let's hope it keeps on for a while, you all certainly deserve and need it, kind thoughts from NZ," said one.
According to news.com.au, 65 fires continue to burn across NSW as of Monday with dozens raging in Victoria.
Queensland's emergency declaration was lifted over the weekend following a fortnight of brutal fire conditions.
In sad news, a koala that drew wide attention after being rescued from an Australian bushfire has died, after failing to recover from his burns. The koala, dubbed Lewis, had been taken to an animal hospital last week after a woman plucked him from a tree in burning bushland in New South Wales. Video of the rescue, which shows Toni Doherty using her shirt to wrap up the koala, was viewed globally.
Vets said the marsupial was put down because his burns were not improving. "[Our] number one goal is animal welfare, so it was on those grounds that this decision was made," said Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.