Air Tanker Drops Flame Retardant While Fighting New South Wales Fire

At least three people died and a numberof others were unaccounted for due to out-of-control bushfires burning on the northeast New South Wales coast in early November, police said.

At least 70 fires were burning across the state on November 10, with half yet to be contained and at least 10 fires burning out of control, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Strong winds and dry conditions caused emergency warnings to be issued for a number of bushfires over the weekend. Conditions eased on Sunday; however, authorities warned residents in affected areas to prepare for an increase in fire danger levels by Tuesday, November 12.

This footage shows an air tanker dropping fire retardant on an area near the Crowdy Bay fire on November 8. The fire had burned through more than 11,700 hectares by Sunday, November 10, and was being controlled.

Smoke from the fires could be seen from space. Credit: @carissamaree88 via Storyful