Strong winds, lack of rain, and a historical heatwave have exacerbated Australia’s bushfire crisis, spreading the fires with incredible speed. At least nine people have died so far, including three volunteer firefighters. Over 11 million acres have burned, with approximately 900 homes destroyed in the state of New South Wales alone. Escape routes have been blocked, towns engulfed.
“[T]hey wanted us to get into the water, get against that [rock] wall,” Geoffrey said. “It’s got oysters and stuff, not the greatest thing to do but it will save you from radiant heat, it’s a barrier. So we were ready to jump in. And everyone was all along the edge, ready to go.”