Large Air Tanker Drops Suppressant on New South Wales Bushfire

Out-of-control bushfires burning between the New South Wales towns of Forster and Tenterfield on November 7 saw the emergency services use the state’s first permanent large air tanker (LAT) to dump fire suppressants on the flames.

The Marie Bashir LAT was filmed by Forster resident Jarett Fowler as it made its way over the town. November 7 brought as a series of emergency warnings from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, as they tackled 69 fires in total.

A November 8 update from the fire service said a fire in the Goldens Road, Forster, area, was at “51 hectares in size and is being controlled.”

Dozens of other fires were burning across New South Wales, in what MidCoast Council Mayor David West told the Sydney Morning Herald was an “unprecedented" situation. Credit: Jarett Fowler via Storyful