Firefighters Battle Gospers Mountain Blaze Raging in New South Wales

New South Wales firefighters battled the out-of-control Gospers Mountain fire burning in Wollemi National Park, on November 19.

The near-140,000 hectare blaze was spreading towards the community of Colo Heights, where residents, along with those in the nearby areas of Glen Davis, Newnes, Glen Alice, Putty Valley, Yengo Drive, Higher MacDonald, Webbs Creek, were told to activate bushfire survival plans and monitor conditions.

“Hot and windy conditions are expected today and many of the active fires may spread,” the NSW RFS said.

This footage, filmed by local firefighters on November 18, shows smoke from the blaze rising over the Glen Davis area as a waterbombing helicopter fills up from a portable water source attached to a fire truck.

The blaze, which had been burning for weeks in Wollemi National Park, triggered “emergency”-level warnings a number of times and was sitting at a “watch and act” warning level on Wednesday morning.

Smoke from the fire spread to parts of the state’s east coast on Wednesday and reduced air quality in Sydney to among the worst of the world’s major cities, according to local media reports. Credit: Portland Rural Fire Brigade via Storyful