This dash-cam video is a timely reminder of how quickly wildfire can invade an area. In less than two minutes, the video shows a quiet country road in Australia turn into a blazing inferno as firefighters evacuate the scene.
The footage was shot by the Dunmore Rural Fire Brigade near Shoalhaven in New South Wales. On the evening of January 4, 2020, during Australia’s catastrophic wildfire season, firefighters parked up on the road to set up for some property protection ahead of forecasted windy weather.
However, the winds arrived just slightly earlier than anticipated. Within moments we see dark smoke start to cover the sky and glowing flames start to appear in the trees, forcing the crew to hop in their fire trucks and escape the area. One truck was left behind, leaving its dashcam to capture the terrifying scenes.
Moments later, with the flames rapidly approaching, a gust of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour wind fuels the fire, flinging embers and lighting up the whole road. As the flames and embers start to take over, water is sprayed across the truck to protect the crew trapped inside. It's pretty terrifying stuff.
Fortunately, this situation resolved with no injuries and the firefighters even managed to save some property. However, the Dunmore Rural Fire Brigade warns that this footage highlights how quickly a wildfire can take over an area, and if you have been issued with any warnings to evacuate, you should take them seriously.
“This goes to show what happens in just over 3 minutes. The crew continues for another 9 minutes on the ground bringing a massive positive outcome, with a complete safe crew, protected truck and property saved,” the fire brigade said in a Facebook post.
“People are reminded to adhere to the warnings when given from the appropriate services as this is not a pleasant place to be when a fire impacts at any time, especially at short notice. Ensure your Bushfire Plan is in place.”
Meanwhile, Australia’s bushfires continue to burn. Although the situation has improved significantly since earlier this month, forecasted heatwaves are expected to bring more dangerous fire conditions to many in the states of New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. Over 4.9 million hectares of land has burned in New South Wales alone, with the states of Victoria and SS also experiencing significant levels of bushfire activity. The flames have also killed over one billion animals and at least 32 people.