A Tribute To Our Amazing Firies, In 10 Incredible Photos
The image of an exhausted firefighter with his head in his hands has struck a chord with Australians, as more than 110 fires continue to burn across NSW and Queensland.
Bindi Cox captured the moments after her husband, Brian -- a Ballandean rural firefighter -- managed to help save his own property from the flames.
"This is a man who has fought hard for his community since Friday and has just finished the epic fight to save his own house when he had nothing left in the tank to begin with," Cox wrote on Facebook.
"I know you think this photo makes you look vulnerable but in that moment we both felt this."
"No-one understands what a bushfire does to you until you have to fight."
Since September 2, more than 1000 firefighters have been deployed to fight the Queensland bushfires burning from the state's southeast to the Cairns hinterland.
On Tuesday, there were more than 630 firefighters on the ground battling NSW blazes burning up and down the coast between Newcastle and Byron Bay.
With 73 blazes still burning in Queensland, and 41 bush and grass fires across NSW, there are no certainties about the fight still ahead of emergency crews.
Thanks for the brave work done by crews -- made up mostly by firies from the NSW Rural Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services -- have been pouring in on social media.
Packed lunches handed out to Queensland firefighters by the Country Women's Association were completed with letters from local children perhaps summed it up best.
"Thank you for putting out all of the fires. I can't believe you can do this much work and I hope you have a good rest," one of the letters read.
"You made my day. You're brave, you're smart."
Some of the letters were written by students at Canungra State School, who thanked firefighters for saving their homes and pets.
While it's NSW and Queensland land under threat, the fight has become a national one, as firefighters from interstate travel to relieve exhausted crews.
Strike teams comprising of 32 NSW firefighters and 21 from the ACT returned home on Wednesday after assisting with the effort in south-east Queensland.
This follows the first team of 50 firefighters NSW sent north last week.
In their place, some 30 Victorian and 18 South Australian firefighters have arrived in Queensland to bolster the frontline and support efforts, including air operations.