Australian firefighters worked to stop the Currowan fire from crossing the Princes Highway in East Lynne, New South Wales, on December 2, but were unsuccessful, according to the Moruya Rural Fire Brigade.
“Last night crews from Moruya, Batemans Bay, Nelligen, Longbeach, Surf Beach, Malua Bay and an Illawarra strike team worked tirelessly for many, many hours battling the smoke, heat and embers in an attempt to stop the Currowan fire from crossing the Princes Highway … Crews were dealt a hand with high winds and relatively low humidity, with the end result unfortunately being that the fire beat them,” the Moruya Rural Fire Brigade said on Facebook.
The Currowan fire had burned through 15,000 hectares (about 37,000 acres) of bushland in the Bimberamala and Murramarang National Parks on Monday. The fire jumped the Clyde River and Princes Highway to spread west, where it was approaching the communities of Kioloa, North Durras, Depot Beach, Pebbly Beach, Pretty Beach, and Bawly Point.
Videos filmed by Sonny Black show the fire encroaching on the Princes Highway near East Lynne Store.
“I’m out of here guys. I’m getting out of here,” Black says in his final video on Monday. “It’s too dangerous.” Credit: Sonny Black via Storyful