Locals, who were sent near to the sea under the red sky and have been camping on wharves, call it a "terrifying experience."
A father and son confirmed dead in New South Wales, which adds to the number of dead people, making the total number 12. Also, 4 people are missing in Victoria.
NSW police deputy commissioner Gary Worboys said, "Very tragic set of circumstances. [They were] obviously trying to do their best with the fire as it came through in the early hours of the morning."
David Geoffrey, who's a bed-and-breakfast owner, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) things he witnessed on Mallacoota Beach,
The crew from Fire and Rescue NSW Station 509 Wyoming recorded this video showing the moment their truck was overrun by the bushfire burning South of Nowra. The crew was forced to shelter in their truck as the fire front passed through. #NSWFires #ProtectTheIrreplaceable pic.twitter.com/Hb0yVrefi9— Fire and Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) December 31, 2019
"It was blowing out to a gale for a point and then... it’s pitch black. And then the sky went red. We thought it was a fire front about to run over the top of us. They wanted us to get into the water, get against that wall. 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, and, of course, when, you know, when that sky went red, it looked like what we’ve been looking at when we saw the fire coming."
Koala numbers are also decreasing due to the fire.
Poor koalas, the bush fires in Australia are killing them.pic.twitter.com/ECgMYYdJNl— Hear Me Roar (@Stop_Trump20) December 28, 2019