Dash cam footage from a Western Australian Parks and Wildlife truck has provided a front-line view of the ferocious bushfire that has killed two people and destroyed 143 properties.
Firefighters hang from the sides of fire trucks as they manoeuvre high-powered hoses, trying to extinguish flames from the Waroona bushfire that jump from tree to tree.
A water bomb is seen being dropped from a helicopter onto what was left of a group of trees so that it doesn’t spread to the home that sits within a few metres.
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A helicopter drops a water bomb on burning bushland debris to stop it from setting a nearby house on fire in the shires of Harvey and Waroona in Western Australia, just south of Perth (pictured)
A bulldozer is seen in the Western Australian Parks and Wildlife video moving trees and debris so that fires don’t spread across the property (pictured)
The Waroona fire (pictured) has destroyed almost 80,000 hectares of bushland and killed two people just south of Perth, WA (pictured)
On the other side of the burning pile of sticks, a bulldozer is trying to remove more trees and bushes from around the home in an effort to contain the blaze.
The thick brown smoke covers the sky and the charred remains of trees and patches of fiery bushland line the country roads.
The smoke hangs in the air and obscure the view of trucks driving down the country roads with supplies.
Smoke hangs to the air and patches of fires are burning along the country roads (pictured)
Firefighters were seen leaning off the top and sides of trucks trying to control the flames (pictured)
The heavy smoke made it difficult for drivers to see as they made their way through the bushfire (pictured)
The jarring images show a ‘whole new insight’ to the bushfire that firefighters have been battling since Wednesday, a Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia, spokeswoman said.
‘It’s to get a vision of how hard it is to do bushfire suppression and also for the public to understand the work that’s involved.
Many of the video’s viewers thanked the firemen and women who were fighting to put out the flames and control the fire – many of them volunteers.
The water bomb extinguishes the fire (pictured) after it was dropped from a helicopter
‘This collection of footage is so intense … gave me goosebumps & a massive lump in my throat,’ a female viewer wrote on the Department’s Facebook
‘This collection of footage is so intense … gave me goosebumps & a massive lump in my throat. My heart goes out to the members of each & every community that has been & is still being affected by these fires. To all the fireys & volunteers – you guys should just be so proud! Such an incredible group of human beings,’ one woman wrote on the Department’s Facebook.
‘These men and women need to be paid for the work they do. Totally ridiculous that this dangerous situation is seen as a volunteer job. These guys are not only lifesavers but the glue that holds a community together. They spend countless hours away from their own families to put their lives at risk for others,’ another woman wrote.
The fires and smoke loom over homes. Emergency warnings remain in the areas east of townsites Hamel, Yarloop, Waroona and the shires of Harvey and Waroona
Calmer winds on Sunday led the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to downgrade the warning level for the towns of Harvey and Cookernup.
The fire is now heading east and emergency warnings remain in the areas east of townsites Hamel, Yarloop, Waroona and the shires of Harvey and Waroona.
A 73-year-old man and a 77-year-old man died on Friday as the raging fire ripped through Yarloop, completely levelling the town.
Almost 80,000 hectares has been destroyed by the fire, which started from a lightning strike.
A Parks and Wildlife truck is slashed with water after the water bomb is released (pictured)