Above: The Carwoola Fire in New South Wales, Australia. Photo by NSW Rural Fire Service.
The New South Wales Rural Fire Service sent out this Tweet February 17 (U.S. time):
The photo at the top of this article is an enlargement of the one in the tweet. It is interesting to see how the fire in some areas apparently burned into the retardant and stopped. However when this photo was taken it may have been creeping through a gap in the retardant. But since the RFS wrote that the fire was effectively stopped, the aircraft probably continued working on the fire after this photo was taken.
Four large and very large air tankers from North America have been on contract in New South Wales and Victoria during their down under summer — two C-130’s, an RJ85, and a DC-10. Australia also has numerous helicopters and single engine air tankers.
The map below shows lightning strikes and fires in NSW.
— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) February 17, 2017