Video: Australian firefighters overrun by blaze
Footage from the Jan. 4 Currowan Fire shows firefighters being overrun by a wall of fire over a three-minute period
By Rachel Engel
SHOALHAVEN, Australia — A video from earlier in the month shows Australian firefighters being overrun by a wall of fire after a wind gust.
The Dunmore Rural Fire Brigade posted the video to Facebook, and said, “This goes to show what happens in just over three minutes. The crew continues for another nine minutes on the ground bringing a massive positive outcome, with a complete safe crew, protected truck and property saved.”
The video shows firefighters prepping to protect property from the blaze, when a wind gust measuring at 62 mph caused the fire to spread through the trees to the other side of the road.
While firefighters evacuated the area, one fire truck was left behind and continued to film due to a crew member activating a cab spray, which protected the apparatus until the main fire front passed through.
The video should serve as a reminder to the public, the social media post said.
“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,” Dunmore RFS wrote. “Ensure your Bushfire Plan is in place.”
4th January 2020 Dunmore 1 Overrun
4th January 2020 Currowan Fire Shoalhaven Dunmore 1 Crew 5 Overrun Dash Cam Timely reminder how quick a fire can impact under a southerly wind which hits 10 minutes earlier than forecasted. Our Brigade was tasked to undertake property protection ahead of the Southerly Wind which is expected to hit around 19:10 hours in Tomerong. 18:59.14 Crew has set up for property protection and receiving supplies from other units. You will notice there is no current wind in the area. 18:59:24 Southerly wind begins to hit the area. 19:00.05 Crew brace for property protection, which is out of view on the left side of our truck. 19:00.10 Day turns to night. 19:00.25 Ember attack commences. 19:00.40 Southerly wind hits at 100kph. 19:01.00 Extreme ember attack, spot fires and overrun hits our crew and truck. 19:01.22 Crew member activates cab sprays to protect truck as fire spreads rapidly to the North. 19:01:35 Crew continue to protect themselves, property and truck. 19:02.14 Cab sprays turned off. Visibility still poor with ember attack continuing to hit. 19:02.40 Cab sprays activated again for protection. 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. 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. Kind Regards Dunmore RFS.Posted by Dunmore Rural Fire Brigade on Tuesday, January 28, 2020