Firefighters battling the wildfires in New South Wales raced towards a national park that had caught ablaze, but were forced to retreat in the face of flames climbing higher than 100 feet.
This gripping video was shot by Ryan Taylor, who is a volunteer firefighter for Lake Munmorah Rural Fire Brigade, part of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.
The NSW Rural Fire Service said lightning is moving across the state, although no significant rainfall is expected to help alleviate the wildfires.
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