Smoke From Bushfire Clouds Sky Over New South Wales Coast

Crews were working to contain dozens of fires that broke out along the coast of New South Wales, Australia, officials said on Friday, November 8.

As of Friday, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said there were 82 active fires in New South Wales, including 45 blazes that were not yet contained.

The fire service said 12 fires were at an “Emergency Warning” status, the highest Bush Fire Alert level, wherein residents are advised to prepare for immediate action. Five blazes were labeled as “Watch and Act,” the middle-tier alert that warns residents of changing conditions and the need for possible action.

This video shows a bushfire in the distance and smoke creating a hazy sky near Camden Haven, a town in New South Wales. The Instagram user who filmed and shared the video said the footage showed the Diamond Head area ablaze.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service said a fire burning in Crowdy Bay National Park had spread toward the coast at Diamond Head. The blaze had burnt more than 6,500 hectares (about 16,060 acres) at the time of writing. Credit: @endless_summer_surfschool via Storyful