Bushfire escape

Day turns to night as heavy smoke
blocks out sunlight during a bushfire
near Buchan at the weekend, Mezenberg
family members working to remove a tree
blocking their escape route. Photo: Contributed.

Day turns to night as heavy smoke blocks out sunlight during a bushfire near Buchan at the weekend, Mezenberg family members working to remove a tree blocking their escape route. Photo: Contributed.

A HEYFIELD family was lucky to escape after a bushfire rapidly approached during a camping trip near Buchan at the weekend.

Anita Mezenberg posted harrowing dash cam footage from their four wheel drive as family members fled their camp site, showing darkened skies, smoke, flames and raining embers.

Ms Mezenberg said they had just set up camp on Saturday afternoon at the Timbarra River.

"We arrived at the campsite at 2pm on the Saturday, planning on staying for two nights," she said.

"We had set up everything for the campsite, and were kicking back it was a hot day, taking the kids down to the river to have a splash around.

"About 4.30pm it started to get smoky in the trees, but we couldn't smell it."

The family thought someone may have been burning off nearby, thinking it was a low fire danger day.

"We also did know it was hot for spring, and of course windy," she said.

"It got to about 5pm, and I said to my husband that we should go to the other campsite, and as he went over to talk to them, they had packed up and were about to leave."

The Mezenberg family quickly packed up, noticing burnt leaves beginning to fall.

"They weren't red embers, but red embers (fell) once we got in the car and started driving off," she said.

Panic set in as they encountered a fallen tree blocking their escape route less than 500 metres from their campsite.

For more, read Friday's issue of Gippsland Times.

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