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Incredible video takes us inside the Australian wildfires

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Video shot by an Australian fire crew surrounded by flames

Fire crews battling 112 blazes in New South Wales

NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia (KYMA, KSWT, KECY/NBC News) - Newly released video gives intimate insight into the magnitude of the wildfires burning in Australia.

There are now 112 fires burning across New South Wales with more than 2,500 firefighters battling the blazes. Australia has asked for assistance from the United States and Canada. The country's military is also providing reinforcements by air and sea.

The new video shows the moment a fire crew's truck was overrun by a bushfire south of Sydney. Firefighters were forced to shelter in their truck. the fire service confirms all members of the crew survived.

On Monday, a volunteer firefighter died when his truck was overturned in a rare fire tornado. Fire-fueled winds lifted the 10-ton vehicle and flipped it onto its roof trapping people inside. Three other firefighters were injured, but survived.

The fires are blamed for two more deaths Monday night. That brings the death toll from the wildfires to 11 since the beginning of October.

Thus far, wildfires have blackened more than 10-million acres since
Australia's fire season started in September. New fires break out almost daily. Those blazes have destroyed more than a thousand homes.

In one area, as many as 4,000 people flocked to the beach to escape the flames. Many are taking shelter aboard boats offshore.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison anticipates the battle against the raging blazes to last for weeks, but says he fears it could take months to douse all the flames.

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