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Fire Filmed Hugging Cliffside Like 'Lava Waterfall' In New South Wales

Fire Filmed Hugging Cliffside Like 'Lava Waterfall' In New South Wales

A video shows a huge fire clambering up a cliffside more than 200m high in the New South Wales Mountains.

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The video clip was shared on the @Bluemtns_explore Instagram page, which has been mapping and documenting the Australian bushfires, with a caption that read: "All fire fighters are currently tackling blazes across the top of the mountain (Mt Vic, Blackheath, Mt Hay, Leura).

"Keep your notifications switched on for 'Fires Near Me' APP and follow the @nswrfs direction. If you get asked to evacuate, do it #priorities #bluemountains."

According to 9 News, the footage shows a blaze that's part of a 10,000 hectare fire currently burning along the Grose River, which has been spreading out from the 460,000-hectare mega-fire in the Gospers Mountains.

Fire and smoke rise from a bushfire at Blue Mountains, New South Wales. Credit: PA
Fire and smoke rise from a bushfire at Blue Mountains, New South Wales. Credit: PA
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It was captured by Bluemtns_explore's Kobe Bryant, who caught the moment on film just before a southerly wind hit at around 5pm on Saturday.

Because of the way the flames are hugging the cliffside, it almost resembles lava flowing from a volcano.

Bryant, 24, told 9 News that the fires were the biggest to ever hit the region, saying: "These fires are unprecedented. This is bigger than 2009 and 2013. This is the biggest fire Australia has ever seen, and the Blue Mountains has ever seen."

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Locals have been feeling increasingly worn down by the unstoppable fires, according to Bryant.

He said: "I saw people's faces - desperation, fear, anxiety - it was all on people's faces.

"Growing up here, everyone is used to the threat of bushfires... We're used to sirens going off, but when it's on your doorstep and it's been going on for weeks you get tired.

"The mountains are like a ghost town at the moment."

A firefighter battles the flames during bushfires near Taree, New South Wales. Credit: PA
A firefighter battles the flames during bushfires near Taree, New South Wales. Credit: PA

The Gospers Mountain bushfire formed back in early December, when three fires merged, with Bryant saying the Grose Valley has 'just been decimated'.

Bryant, who works with several other locals to share insider tips about the Blue Mountains region, said that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service is in urgent need of help, and that workers are 'tired and exhausted'.

He added: "It's been unrelenting for a month, there's been no break and they're not paid. They need more legs. A human body can only go so far."

"A crew is only as strong as the community behind them. So please donate what you can; kind words, foods like non-perishables, water, and fire-proof your house."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@Bluemtns_explore

Topics: World News, News, Australia

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]