Moment embers rain down as firestorm engulfs truck filled with firies

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Terrifying moment brave firefighters trapped inside their truck drive through a wall of flames as embers rain down outside

  • Firefighters got caught with embers raining down on them in the middle of fire
  • They were driving through a bushfire area south of Nowra on the South Coast
  • Chilling footage shows embers flying onto the truck and flames metres away

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Firefighters battling raging blazes on the New South Wales south coast have shared the terrifying moment a vicious firestorm engulfed their truck.

The Fire and Rescue NSW crew were driving through an intense bushfire just south of Nowra, 160km south of Sydney, when their truck was overrun with flames.

Chilling footage taken from inside the vehicle showed embers flying onto the truck as it drove just metres from the ravaging fire.

Embers are seen flying around the fire truck as the crew drove through the area near Nowra on the South Coast

Moment embers rain down as firestorm engulfs truck filled with firies

The crew were just metres away from fires as they drove about 300 metres down the road

Jasper, one of the firefighters in the truck, told Nine News his team was tasked to assist another RFS crew that was under threat.

'We just did what we trained to do and go and save lives. We got probably 300m down that road and we had an amber attack come across,' he said. 

'Our driver did an awesome job, got us out of there, turn it around, turned the whole crew around, we had four trucks in that crew and yeah we just got out there the best we could.'

In the footage another crew member can be heard yelling to Jasper to put a blanket against the window to help protect the firefighters from the heat.

The crew had to abandon one of their trucks because the brakes had failed and it was too unsafe to stick around and try to move it.

Moment embers rain down as firestorm engulfs truck filled with firies

Chilling footage was taken from inside the vehicle showing embers flying onto the truck as it drives just metres from the ravaging fire

Moment embers rain down as firestorm engulfs truck filled with firies

In the footage another crew member can be heard yelling to Jasper to put a blanket against the window to help protect the firefighters from the heat

Another crew member, Irvine, said they were all lucky to be alive.

'We were just fortunate to get out of there. My biggest concern was my crew at that time.

However, you know, just it happened very quickly and we were just fortunate to get out. All of us here today are, you know, it's amazing that we made it,' he said. 

At least 200 homes have been destroyed on the NSW south coast and the main streets of towns such as Cobargo and Mogo are unrecognisable.

A third person was confirmed dead on Wednesday morning and another has been listed as missing in the South Coast fires.

Moment embers rain down as firestorm engulfs truck filled with firies

Residents of Batemans Bay were seen at the beach attempting to stay safe from fires on Tuesday

Moment embers rain down as firestorm engulfs truck filled with firies

RFS, NSW Fire and Rescue, NPWS officers and local residents fight a bushfire encroaching on properties near Termeil on the Princes Highway between Bateman's Bay and Ulladulla

The NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed on Wednesday that the third person confirmed dead was found in a motor vehicle in Yatte Yattah, west of Lake Conjola.

That fatality added to those of dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, who died trying to protect their property in Cobargo, near Bega, on the state's south coast on Tuesday. 

Those in the NSW holiday towns of Bateman's Bay and Bermagui also fled to evacuation centres or the beaches on Tuesday.

The town of Cobargo, where Mr Salway and his son died on Monday bravely battling to defend their homes, had been leveled.

Moment embers rain down as firestorm engulfs truck filled with firies

Firefighters hose down trees as they battle against bushfires around the town of Nowra i

Moment embers rain down as firestorm engulfs truck filled with firies

The town of Cobargo, where Mr Salway and his son died on Monday bravely battling to defend their homes, had been leveled

Batemans Bay has also been 'absolutely destroyed,' according to local Federal MP for Gilmore Fiona Phillips.

'It's just been absolute devastation. The building loss we believe around the Batemans Bay area and Mogo is in the hundreds.

It's very, very significant,' she said, according to the ABC.

'The industrial area at Batemans Bay has certainly suffered significant damage and the Mogo CBD is unrecognisable.'

Ms Phillips said hundreds of buildings have been destroyed in the area.

Federal MP for Eden Monaro Mike Kelly said at least 200 homes have been lost on the Far South Coast and he is expecting more bad news. 

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