Video shot by evacuees on the beach as fire burns to the coast in New South Wales

fire Evacuees on beach Rosedale, NSW
Evacuees on the beach at Rosedale, NSW. Screenshot from the video below.

Residents and visitors in the New South Wales coastal town of Rosedale (map) had to evacuate to the beach on New Years Eve as a bushfire spread into the area.

Description of the Guardian video below:

Madeleine Kelly, 17, and her family were among people staying in Rosedale, a tiny coastal town 300km south of Sydney, when they were forced to flee to the beach ahead of huge bushfires on New Year’s Eve. The fires destroyed numerous properties in the town as horrified onlookers watched. The fire’s onslaught was halted when the wind changed, but people remained on the beach for hours afterwards before they could be evacuated to Moruya showgrounds by bus through the devastated town.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Video shot by evacuees on the beach as fire burns to the coast in New South Wales”

    1. I watch a news video from 9 news out of Australia and man from Catalina was defending his house and the fire started spreading fast. A engine crew firefighter grab him him and forced out. Hes said on the news that he was really rude, but seconds after that firefighter his neighbors hows exploded and blew up in flames. That firefighter saved his life. Not even a thank you from that man in Catalina. Then that firefighter sat down exhausted. He’s never battle wildfires. Appreciate our our brother firefighters.


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