A contract helicopter working for the NSW Rural Fireplace Service has crashed right into a dam whereas serving to combat fires on the Far South Coast.
The waterbombing plane, tasked to the Clyde Mountain fireplace, ditched into Ben Boyd Reservoir within the Ben Boyd Nationwide Park at Edrom simply after 4pm immediately.
The pilot was in a position to free himself from the wreckage however the plane stays submerged.
Ambulance crews are at present aiding.
Hovering temperatures and vigorous winds are forecast to fan one other “vital spike” in bushfire circumstances throughout NSW.
Bureau of Meteorology spokesman Grahame Reader says there are widespread forecasts of very high-to-severe NSW fireplace hazard for Friday.
“After a relative respite within the climate this week we predict one other vital spike in (fireplace) circumstances,” he instructed reporters on Thursday.
“We may have scorching and dry northwesterly winds and later within the day a vigorous southerly change will probably be transferring by.
“Temperatures might attain the mid-40s in western NSW earlier than the southerly strikes by on Friday afternoon, Mr Reader mentioned.
“Sizzling and dry circumstances fan the hearth behaviour. Of serious concern is the gusty southerly change transferring by,” he mentioned.
Bushfire climate throughout NSW is forecast to ease into the weekend.