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Volunteer dies fighting Australia bushfires when truck overturns in high winds

The volunteer firefighter was killed when their truck overturned
A volunteer firefighter has died in Australia during the worst bushfire season in the country’s history.

The firefighter, who worked for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS), was killed when two trucks were overturned by high winds near Jingellic, close to Victoria’s border.

Two others were taken to hospital and are said to have suffered severe burns in the incident.

It is thought the incident happened while they were battling the Green Valley Fire, one of four emergency-level fires around the state.

A statement from RFS said their thoughts were with the firefighter’s ‘families, friends and fellow brigade members’.

They were part of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (Picture: AAP)
Ten people have died in the bushfires (Picture: AFP)
Monday evening saw 16 emergency-level fires burning in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales (Picture: Getty Images)
So-far 10 people have died as a result of the bushfires ..

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Volunteer firefighter killed in Australian bushfire
The volunteer firefighter was killed when their truck overturned

A volunteer firefighter has died in Australia during the worst bushfire season in the country’s history.

The firefighter, who worked for the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS), was killed when two trucks were overturned by high winds near Jingellic, close to Victoria’s border.

Two others were taken to hospital and are said to have suffered severe burns in the incident.


It is thought the incident happened while they were battling the Green Valley Fire, one of four emergency-level fires around the state.

A statement from RFS said their thoughts were with the firefighter’s ‘families, friends and fellow brigade members’.

epa08087915 YEARENDER 2019 DECEMBER NSW Rural Fire Service crews fight the Gospers Mountain Fire as it impacts a structure at Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, 21 December 2019. According to media reports, conditions are expected to worsen across much of the state as temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius. EPA/DAN HIMBRECHTS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
They were part of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (Picture: AAP)
A sign is seen half burnt after bushfires ravaged the town of Bilpin, 70km west of Sydney on December 29, 2019. - A heatwave is due to sweep across parts of New South Wales in the coming days, with deteriorating bushfire conditions expected to hit on New Years Eve on December 31. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) (Photo by PETER PARKS/AFP via Getty Images)
Ten people have died in the bushfires (Picture: AFP)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 29: A helicopter picks up water from a dam to drop on a nearby bushfire near the town of Bilpin on December 29, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Firefighters have made the most of slightly cooler conditions over the weekend to contain bushfires burning across the state, however the fire danger is expected to rise due to increasing heat and winds. More than 1500 firefighters are currently battling more than 100 blazes across the NSW, with more than 30 fires still uncontained. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)
Monday evening saw 16 emergency-level fires burning in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales (Picture: Getty Images)

So-far 10 people have died as a result of the bushfires burning through more than 4,600,000 hectares of Australia.

Monday evening saw around 16 emergency-level fires burning in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales.

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By late night there were nine left burning in East Gippsland, one of which travelled 24 kilometres in six hours.

Around 30,000 people were told to evacuate the region on Sunday, as it was expected to become ‘high-risk’ as a result of soaring temperatures and strong winds.

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp warned that if visitors hadn’t left by 9am (GMT 10pm), there would be ‘every chance’ they won’t be able to leave at all.

In this image made from video, an aerial scene shows fires burning in Bundoora, Victoria state, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. New Year???s Eve fireworks in Australia???s capital and other cities have been canceled as the wildfire danger worsens in oppressive summer heat, and pressure was building for Sydney???s iconic celebrations to be similarly scrapped. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 7, Channel 9 via AP)
Tourists staying in parts of Victoria were urged to leave (Picture: AP)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 29: A home recently destroyed by bushfires can be seen near the town of Bilpin on December 29, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Firefighters have made the most of slightly cooler conditions over the weekend to contain bushfires burning across the state, however the fire danger is expected to rise due to increasing heat and winds. More than 1500 firefighters are currently battling more than 100 blazes across the NSW, with more than 30 fires still uncontained. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)
Around 900 homes have been ruined by the blazes (Picture: Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 30: A bus shelter stands near burnt trees after a bushfire in the town of Balmoral on December 30, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. Firefighters have made the most of slightly cooler conditions over the weekend to contain bushfires burning across the state, however the fire danger is expected to rise due to increasing heat and winds. More than 1500 firefighters are currently battling more than 100 blazes across the NSW, with more than 30 fires still uncontained. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)
The Sydney fireworks display will still go ahead (Picture: Getty Images)

However, thousands of tourists still chose to remain in the region, with one caravan park owner describing how his guests believed they could ‘bunker down and hope for the best’.

Many of the fires were sparked by dry lightning strikes.

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Temperatures in New South Wales are expected to spike on New Year’s Eve, with predicted forecasts of more than 40°C across parts of Sydney.

Almost 900 homes have been ruined by the blazes, while 3,480,000 hectares of land was burned.

However, authorities are continuing to push ahead with the annual fireworks display in the harbour city despite calls for it to be cancelled.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: Firemen prepare as a bushfire approaches homes on the outskirts of the town of Bargo on December 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. A catastrophic fire danger warning has been issued for the greater Sydney region, the Illawarra and southern ranges as hot, windy conditions continue to hamper firefighting efforts across NSW. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a state of emergency on Thursday, the second state of emergency declared in NSW since the start of the bushfire season. (Photo by David Gray/Getty Images)
Temperatures are expected to reach more than 40°C across parts of Sydney this week (Picture: Getty Images)
In this image made from video, an aerial scene showsfires burning in Bundoora, Victoria state, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. New Year???s Eve fireworks in Australia???s capital and other cities have been canceled as the wildfire danger worsens in oppressive summer heat, and pressure was building for Sydney???s iconic celebrations to be similarly scrapped. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 7, Channel 9 via AP)
Millions of hectares of land has been burned (Picture: AAP)

The state’s deputy premier John Barilaro referenced other displays being shut down as he wrote on social media: ‘The risk is too high and we must respect our exhausted RFS volunteers.

‘If regional areas have had fireworks banned, then let’s not have two classes of citizens. We’re all in this crisis together.’

Yet City of Sydney spokeswoman Tanya Goldberg said the council had taken the ‘firm view’ that the fireworks should go ahead, saying it would ‘hurt Sydney businesses’ to cancel.

She also stated that cancelling would ‘ruin plans for tens of thousands of people who have come from across the country and overseas.’

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