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10/22/2013 01:20 pm ET

Australian Wildfires: Footage Shot By Firefighter Captures Devastating New South Wales Blaze

The wildfires that have ripped through Australia's state of New South Wales and destroyed more than 200 homes are now threatening to wreak even more havoc by conjoining into one "mega-blaze" that could further devastate the country.

As of Tuesday, Reuters reports the government has declared a state of emergency and thousands of firefighters from New South Wales, as well as other Australian states and even New Zealand, have joined the response.

One such firefighter captured the harrowing video above using a GoPro camera attached to his helmet. Nothing comes as close to conveying the devastating power of these fires, witnessed on the ground, as this rare footage.

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