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The Worst Bushfire Season In NSW History Has Finally Ended

5 min read

After more than 11,400 fires which burnt through more than 5.5 million hectares of land, the NSW bushfire season has finally finished.

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National

Training Begins For Volunteer Firies After Membership Enquiries Spike

4 min read

After a horror bushfire season that devastated Australia this summer, some brigades are starting to train their new volunteers as the number of NSW enquiries reached over 33,000.

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National

Thousands Gather For Emotional Tribute To Hero Firefighters, Bushfire Victims

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Heartbreaking scenes filled a Sydney arena as families of firefighters who lost their lives gathered to mark the ultimate sacrifice they'd given to keep others safe.

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National

Former RFS Volunteer Paul Parker To Start His Own Brigade

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Volunteer firefighter Paul Parker is "devastated" by the reaction of the NSW Rural Fire Service and says he will no longer volunteer in its brigades.

Good News

Good News

'You Are Not Alone': Almost $10 Million Raised At Star-Studded Bushfire Relief Concert

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Tens of thousands of people poured into Sydney's ANZ stadium on Sunday for a star-studded relief concert, in a massive show of support for those affected by the summer's bushfire crisis.

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National

Queen Performs Iconic 'Live Aid' Set For Fire Fight Australia Bushfire Relief Concert

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Queen, fronted by Adam Lambert, has performed the iconic 1985 Live Aid set for the first time at the Fire Fight Australia Bushfire Relief concert.

Music

Music

Stars Share Excitement For 'Fire Fight' Bushfire Relief Concert

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A star-studded list of local and international acts are preparing to give show-stopping performances at 'Fire Fight Australia' to raise money for bushfire relief.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

For The First Time This Season Every NSW Bushfire Is Now Contained

2 min read

The good news is continuing to roll in from the NSW Rural Fire Service, with confirmation that all fires still burning in the state have now been contained.

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National

Torrential Rain Has Helped To Put Out Most Of The Bushfires In NSW

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As NSW copped a record-breaking soaking on the weekend, many were left asking ‘has it helped our firefighters?’ The Rural Fire Service has confirmed it absolutely did.

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National

A 500,000 Hectare South Coast Fire Is Finally Out, And Firies Are Celebrating

3 min read

Finally some good news -- the Currowan fire, which destroyed 312 homes, has been extinguished after burning for more than two months.

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National

Shane Fitzsimmons Calls His Family In Tears After A Hard Day Fighting Fires

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When NSW RFS boss Shane Fitzsimmons finds himself in the darkest of moments, it's his family that keeps him grounded.

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National

More Homes Destroyed After Mega-Blazes Merge

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After hundreds of homes were decimated by bush fires this summer, more properties are feared to have been lost to a mega-fire in south-eastern NSW on Saturday evening.

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News

Deadly Bushfire Raging Since November Finally Contained

2 min read

After two months of tireless battling, NSW firefighters have finally contained a deadly bushfire in Sydney's southwest overnight.

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National

Couple Lost Dream Home To Bushfires Days After Buying It

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A week before catastrophic fires destroyed their dream home, Annameka Gillespie and Justin Schneider were popping champagne on the deck to celebrate buying it.

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National

'Double-Edged Sword': Bureau Warns Of Risk In Rain Forecast

2 min read

Firefighters on the east coast are hoping predictions of rain across fire-affected areas will come to fruition over the next week. 

The Project

The Project

'Split Second Of Panic': RFS Crew's Incredible Escape After Truck Overrun By Fire

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A NSW Rural Fire Service brigade has recalled the heart-stopping moment they escaped unharmed after their truck was overrun by fire.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Sydney Opera House Sails Light Up With Thanks To Firies

6 min read

The sails of the Sydney Opera House have been lit up with a special thank you for NSW firefighters who have spent months battling catastrophic and deadly bushfires.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Labor Calls For Increased Mental Health Support In Bushfire-Ravaged Areas

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Anthony Albanese and Chris Bowen have called on the government to lift the cap on the number of mental health consultations allowed under Medicare for those in bushfire-affected areas.

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National

Pilot Escapes After Firefighting Helicopter Crashes Into Dam

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A NSW Rural Fire Service waterbombing helicopter has crashed into a dam near Eden in New South Wales.

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Exclusive

The Brave Firefighters Who Fought To Save Gold Rush Town From Firestorm

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A tiny NSW gold rush town has seen more grey than the precious metal these days, but it owes a lot to a couple of heroes in blue and yellow.

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National

Daughter Of Volunteer Firefighter Dons Dad's Helmet At His Funeral

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Members of the NSW Rural Fire Service have formed a guard of honour to farewell Andrew O'Dwyer, a Sydney firefighter killed while protecting communities from a bushfire last month.

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National

Why Celeste Barber Is Fundraising Millions For Firefighters

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Celeste Barber has shown the unwavering strength of people power in the face of immense tragedy, raising a staggering $33 million for fire-ravaged communities and firefighters on the frontlines in just a matter of days.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Pop Star Pink Pledges Mega Donation To Support Local Fires Services

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The internationally acclaimed singer said she is “devastated” by Australia’s bushfires and is urging others to open their hearts and wallets.

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Updated

Celeste Barber Raises More Than $30 Million For Firies

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A fundraiser for volunteer firefighters set up by Australian comedian Celeste Barber has surpassed $30 million -- and donations don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

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National

Firefighter Honoured As A Hero At Heartbreaking Funeral

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Two weeks after firefighter Geoffrey Keaton died while battling blazes south of Sydney, his heartbroken young son bravely stood in his father's place to receive a medal in his honour.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Residents Unleash Fury At PM During Visit To Bushfire-Ravaged Town

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Conditions have eased slightly but a new kind of struggle has emerged for communities in bushfire danger, as supermarkets and petrol stations are swamped by residents preparing for more fires.

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National

Tragic Find For Mum After Husband And Son Stayed To Defend Their Home From NSW Bushfires

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A Cobargo woman has faced her worst nightmare, after returning home to find her husband, 63, and son, 29, dead in their family home, where they had stayed to fight the horror bushfire.

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National

Volunteer Firefighters Offered Up To $6000 To Fight Bushfires

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Volunteer firefighters will get up to $6000 each in tax-free compensation for those who have lost income to battle bushfires.

Crime

Crime

Woman Charged After RFS Donations Allegedly Stolen From Supermarket

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A woman has been charged after allegedly stealing food and drinks that had been donated to the Rural Fire Service.

Politics

Politics

Volunteer Firefighters To Be Given More Paid Leave To Fight Bushfires

4 min read

Aussie public servants who volunteer to help battle the bushfires will be entitled to more paid leave off work.

Politics

Politics

Volunteer Firies Should Be Compensated So They Don't Fall Behind On Bills, Experts Say

7 min read

It is "the right time" to talk about paying or compensating volunteer firefighters battling bushfires, Victoria's Premier said, as debate ramps up over how to look after those on the frontlines of the national crisis.

News

News

Firefighter In Tears Over Claims He 'Failed' To Save Bushfire-Ravaged Village

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A firefighter has broken down in tears at suggestions his crews 'failed' to save a NSW village that has been devastated by bushfires.

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National

What You Can Do To Help The RFS And Fire-Destroyed Communities

5 min read

After a devastating weekend of bushfires, here are a few of the most effective ways you can help out affected families and emergency services who are fighting the blazes.

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National

Bushfire Crisis: States Begin Assessing Damage After Horror Fire Week

10 min read

Hundreds of homes have been lost and dozens of communities left devastated in what has been a horrific week of catastrophic bushfires across the country.

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National

'Riding With Geoff And Drew': Crews Of Fallen Firies Return To Fire Ground

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Two days after the deaths of two of their members, crews from the Horsley Park Rural Fire Brigade have returned to firefronts to protect communities in their honour.

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National

Donations Fund Set Up For Families Of Two Firefighters Killed In NSW Fires

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The NSW Rural Fire Service has formally set up an account to collect any donations for the families of the two volunteer firefighters killed while on duty on Thursday night.

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National

Two Young Fathers Identified As Volunteer Firefighters Killed In NSW Bushfire

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The NSW RFS has identified the two firefighters killed while battling blazes in south-west Sydney as a pair of young fathers.

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National

'Don't Wait For A Warning': Catastrophic Fire Danger To Continue

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Heat records are predicted to fall and residents are preparing to flee from destructive blazes across the country just hours after two volunteer firefighters in NSW died on the job.

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National

Two Volunteer Firefighters Killed, Three Injured After Truck Rolled During 'Fire Storm'

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Two volunteer firefighters have died while fighting bushfires where flames flared up to 60m high and winds blew at 100km/h in southwest Sydney.

Crime

Crime

Police Warn Of Firefighter Impersonators Scamming Locals

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Multiple scams of people impersonation Rural Fire Service personnel to falsely obtain money have been reported as bushfires grip the state.

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National

New Summer Trend? Patterned Masks To Combat Bushfire Smoke Sold To Help Firies

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As parts of Australia face a smoky summer, face masks are fast becoming part of the wardrobe.

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National

Firefighter Claims Poor Quality Masks Left Her ‘Coughing Ash For A Week’

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A firefighter has complained that the face-covering she was provided by the RFS is so bad that it made her sick after the service denied claims it was handing out thin surgical masks.

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National

Firefighters Told They Can't Crowdfund For Resources To Get The Job Done

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Australia’s exhausted firefighters say they feel forced to ask for donations so they can buy protective face masks and food, as the spotlight has turned to funding for adequate resources and support for brigades.

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Updated

At Least One Home Lost As Fire Hits Town On NSW South Coast

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An out of control fire in Shoalhaven, NSW has destroyed at least one home, with dozens of properties still under threat.

Good News

Good News

Russell Crowe's Sweaty Cap Has Now Raised $400k To Help Firies

3 min read

A sweaty Rabbitohs cap and three billionaires have helped actor Russell Crowe donate $400,000 to NSW firefighters.

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National

Volunteer Firefighter Accused Of Starting Seven NSW Bushfires

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A 19-year-old volunteer with the Rural Fire Service in southern NSW has been charged after he allegedly lit multiple fires and then returned to help fight them.

Good News

Good News

Firies Dance In The Rain After Three Months Of Bushfires

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After battling blazes for 12 weeks, the skies finally opened above these firefighters -- and didn't they love it.

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National

2019's Fire Season Is Already NSW's Worst -- And It's Barely Begun

4 min read

Firefighters warned us of "unprecedented" bushfire danger -- and now we've got the scary statistics to back that up.

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National

Pregnant Firefighter Hero Explains Why She'll Continue Battling NSW Blazes

2 min read

Katherine Robinson-Williams is 13 weeks pregnant and in the midst of fighting the devastating fires that have torn through New South Wales.

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National

Russell Crowe Shares Photos Of Bushfire Damage To NSW Property

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Australian actor Russell Crowe has shared photos of his fire damaged property in NSW after bushfires tore through the area.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

NSW Bushfire Victims Turn To Crowdfunding After Losing Everything

5 min read

Heartbroken families affected by the NSW bushfires have turned to crowdfunding for help to get their lives back on track, and the generosity of Aussies so far has been astounding.

Fran Molloy

Fran Molloy

Why Sydney’s First 'Catastrophic' Fire Warning Will Save Lives

5 min read

People in dangerous bushfire zones delay taking action until the last minute because they're too optimistic about their own risk, new research has shown.

James Norman

James Norman

ScoMo And Co Must Think Their Own Weather Bureau Is A 'Raving Woke Greenie'

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Since last weekend, more than 70 fires have surged across Australia's drought-ravaged East Coast, destroying hundreds of homes and tragically claiming lives in their wake.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Woman's House Burnt Down But She Refused To Let Her Horses Die

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As she watched her home burn to the ground, an elderly woman stayed put, fighting the fire and refusing to abandon her horses.

News

News

How The 'Fires Near Me' App Could Help Save Your Life

2 min read

With NSW bracing for catastrophic fire conditions, residents have been urged to listen to local radio and download the Fires Near Me app for real-time updates.

Bushfire Crisis

Bushfire Crisis

Hundreds Of NSW Schools To Close Due To Bushfire Risk

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Hundreds of NSW schools and TAFE campuses will be closed due to the forecast 'catastrophic' bushfire risk.

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National

Fires Up Close: 'Unbelievable Sights' Of The 'Unprecedented' Blazes Across NSW And QLD

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As thousands of firefighters and residents battle more than one hundred blazes burning across NSW and Queensland, photos shared from the ground show just how close some of the fires are to destroying homes and communities.

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Updated

QLD And NSW Burn: Over 100 Fires, With 'Relentless' Conditions Ahead

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Multiple fast-moving fires have erupted across NSW, QLD and now WA, in an "unprecedented" emergency as firefighters warn conditions will only get worse.

News

News

NSW Fires Upgraded To Watch And Act As Waterbombing Aircraft Called In

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Fires on the NSW mid-north coast have been upgraded again after threatening towns on Saturday.