Firefighters Respond as Smoke From Bushfires Blots Out the Sky Near Stirling Ranges

Firefighters battled a blaze back from emergency level to ‘watch and act’ after it had jumped containment lines in the area around Stirling Range National Park in Western Australia over the last weekend of 2019.

The fire was started by lightning on December 26 and burnt more than 16,000 hectares (about 62 square miles), Perth Now reported.

This footage, taken by Austin Faulkner-Pearce on December 29, shows the efforts of the firefighters in the area.

Official warnings remained in effect for the area on the morning of December 31. Credit: Austin Faulkner-Pearce via Storyful