An exhausted Bradley Nelson overlooks his burnt-out property on Coonarr Road yesterday.
An exhausted Bradley Nelson overlooks his burnt-out property on Coonarr Road yesterday.

Caught in the danger zone

By Megan Cunneen

FEAR swept through Bradley Nelson, as the wind sent a vicious bush fire blazing towards his home.

"I saw it get away again, it jumped and came straight for the house - I didn't think I would have a house to sleep in," Mr Nelson said.

"I had no electricity and there was no way I could protect my property.

"I saw the fire jump and I called (fire crews) them all out again - that's why I still have a house."

The fire started on Dr Mays Crossing on Saturday evening, re-sparked on Sunday afternoon and flared again yesterday morning.

Rural fire crews from Elliott Heads, Kinkuna Bay and Elliott River Siding have been working for the past three days to control the blaze.

Elliott Heads Rural Fire Service first officer Mark Murphy said the area affected was about 80 hectares. "It is under control for now, but we are patrolling it," Mr Murphy said.

Three properties in the area, including Mr Nelson's on Coonarr Road, were affected by the fires and crews have been back-burning to help stop the blaze from moving on to others.



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