Man Makes Homemade Firetruck To Help Battle Bushfires
As of 10pm on Wednesday, there are 69 fires burning across NSW, 14 of those remain at a Watch and Act alert and continue to threaten properties.
Over 1000 firefighters are still battling blazes and prepare for worsening conditions later in the week.
More than 1.1 million hectares has been burnt through in NSW -- more than the combined total of the part three bushfire seasons.
In Queensland, nearly 80 fires are burning across the state, with an Emergency Warning for the Pechey fire in the Toowoomba region.
Efforts are also focused on the fire near Buxton which is being threatened by the Woodgate/Walkers Point fire.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed 14 homes have been lost.
Conditions are expected to deteriorate in Queensland over the coming days and crews are preparing for more blazes to ignite.
So far $50 million in estimated insured losses have been claimed across both NSW and Queensland. Insurance Council Australia spokesman Campbell Fuller said more than 450 claims had been made, including 80 properties that could be total losses.
A state of emergencies are still in place for both Queensland and NSW.
A kind resident of a NSW small town has used a pump he bought off eBay and two 1000 litre water tanks to make his own firetruck to help fight bushfires.
With resources stretched, Tinonee resident Brian Acheson and his family have been travelling to properties which have been under threat from the Hillville fire.
"People aren't usually this glad to see me," Acheson laughed as he steered his makeshift fire truck onto yet another neighbour's property.
His creative firefighting comes as bushfires threaten towns across NSW and Queensland.
On Wednesday afternoon a water bombing aircraft crashed while assisting in the firefighting efforts at Pechey, Queensland. The pilot was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.
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