Category: World / October 5, 2012 8:33 AM EDT
Bushfires edged closer to homes near the coastal town of Pretty Beach in New South Wales, Australia on Friday. It is reported that the fires started from a camp fire which had not been extinguished properly. Up to 110 firefighters from the Rural Fire Service fought back the flames that were whipped up by hot winds.
Television pictures showed planes and helicopters releasing water over the area to try and keep the fires at bay. Some residents have decided to leave their homes while others stayed behind, using water to hose down their homes. Local media have since reported that the fires have started to die down due to improved weather conditions, although fire crews remain on alert.