Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pilot injured as fire fighting helicopter crash-lands in Australia

Pilot injured as fire fighting helicopter crash-lands in Australia

Police say the teenager has not been charged with arson, but will be dealt with under the state's Youth Justice Act.

Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington said the fire was within containment lines, however the shifting wind posed as a significant problem.

"We're hopeful that the buildings will be protected but sadly it'll be the loss of wildlife and the flora there on this handsome property ... we also have 600 head of cattle there as well", he said.

The Cobraball fire, near Yeppoon, is still burning days after it destroyed homes, sheds and cars.

Queenslanders forced to flee their homes to escape from bushfires are in limbo as crews continue battle against blazes across the state.

While most conceded they would be waiting for many, many hours, one vehicle ran the roadblock while the State Emergency Service had their backs turned allowing a fire engine through.

"We're aware that the helicopter crashed during waterbombing operations at the Pechey fire today", the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson said.

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Another nine "watch and act" warnings are in place for other fires burning across the state.

A wind change means the fire is now tracking in a north-westerly direction.

Residents around Walkers Point Road and Kinkuna Waters were told to leave, though those in the Woodgate township were not required to evacuate.

Noosa North Shore was one of the worst areas impacted yesterday, with the blaze igniting about 8.30am and forcing the evacuation of about 180 people.

"They understand those conditions, so we've got great communications with them in terms of making sure we've got the right resources in the right areas at the right time", he said.

Health officials have warned vulnerable people to stay indoors, with air quality expected to plunge again on Wednesday as smoke from the Queensland and NSW fires spreads.

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