NSW: Man suffers life-threatening burns in fast moving grass fire

A MAN is fighting to stay alive in hospital after suffering life-threatening burns while trying to fight a fast moving grass fire in northwest NSW.

The fire flared up in a paddock on a rural property off Coonabarabran Road at Caroona around 5.45 on Thursday afternoon.

The 36-year-old was helping local firefighters extinguish the blaze in a front-end loader when the flames surrounded his tractor.


The man became trapped in the fire and sustained severe burns to much of his body.

He was treated at the scene before being airlifted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter to the Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

Investigations by the Oxley Local Area Command are ongoing and Safe Work NSW has been notified.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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