WORLD Water bombing pilot killed fighting Australia's winter wildfires

WORLD

Water bombing pilot killed fighting Australia's winter wildfires

VCG

20:58, August 17, 2018

A pilot died when his waterbombing helicopter crashed during efforts to battle unseasonal bushfires sweeping Australia's drought-stricken southeast on August 17.

Video source: VCG

Some 75 fires were burning across New South Wales state, fanned by incredibly dry conditions which prompted weather authorities to declare the entire state under drought last week.

Among them was a blaze near Ulladulla, about 180 km (111 miles) south from Sydney, that was being waterbombed when the helicopter crashed about 2 p.m. local time (0400 GMT), according to police.

Fire authorities said the blazes, regular in summer but rare in winter, have flared due to the dry conditions that have already blighted vast tracts of grazing and crop land.

The weather bureau has forecast warm, dry conditions to continue until November. 

A helicopter pilot dies after his aircraft crashes while waterbombing bushfires in Australia. 

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