Koala Mum And Joey Rescued As Fires Tear Through Bushland
As a series of dangerous bushfires continue to wreak havoc across NSW and Queensland, wildlife groups are asking residents in affected areas to do what they can to help defenceless wildlife.
It comes after a koala mum and her little joey were rescued by local police and volunteers on Friday night as fires burned through the Gold Coast Hinterland.
The pair were taken to RSPCA Queensland's wildlife hospital in a stable condition where they are being closely monitored and provided treatment, Wildcare Australia Inc said in a post on Facebook.
The group, based in south-east Queensland, which rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured native wildlife thanked those involved for helping to save the two "precious" koalas.
"It's going to be a tough weekend," the group said on Facebook, adding that it had a number of volunteers who were continuing to assist emergency services with animals needing assistance in fire-affected areas.
The group also urged Gold Coast locals to put bowls of water out around their backyard for local wildlife to have access to.
"No matter where you live on the Gold Coast. Your local wildlife need your help," Wildcare Australia said.
"Sadly, the coming hours are going to be very tough for all involved as the fires get under control and our trauma carers are able to access affected areas safely."
Dozens of fires have ravaged Queensland towns over the past 24 hours with 17 homes lost, as a combination of high temperatures and intense wind gusts made extinguishing the blazes incredibly difficult for the hundreds of emergency personnel on the ground.
Thankfully, there have been no reports of any injuries or deaths.
Earlier on Saturday, Acting Commissioner Mike Watson said while temperatures have started to drop, winds still remained strong and destructive.
"What we are seeing is continued dry air mass, very dry conditions locally, that we see these fires continuing to be difficult to contain, and any new fires will have lots of resources to make sure that we stomp on those fires very quickly," he said on Saturday.
Across the border in NSW, at least four homes have been lost as firefighters battled against 62 bush and grass fires burning across the state. 24 of those remained uncontained at 5 pm on Saturday.
A 66-year-old volunteer firefighter was also left in a critical condition in hospital after suffering serious burns to his entire body as he battled a fire at Tenterfield on Friday.
The township of Cobargo was of particular concern to firefighters on Saturday afternoon, but thankfully conditions began easing for crews at around 6:30 pm.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said crews had gained the upper hand on the blaze and that the immediate threat to properties in the area had eased.
A Watch and Act alert was also issued for South Maroota in Sydney's north-west with water-bombing aircraft sent to an out-of-control bushfire in the Hills Shire area.
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