Devil’s inferno: Eerie photo of massive bush blaze

 

A dairy farmer who spent 13 hours defending his property from a fire that spat out 100m large fireballs has pleaded with the PM to not let any more people die.

Craig Calvert, from Sarsfield in Victoria, had prepared his home and farm as best as he could before the raging bushfire in East Gippsland rolled over.

"I used to work offshore I've got extensive fire experience. I've got CFA (Country Fire Authority) experience as well. We knew it was going to be bad, we didn't know exactly how bad it was until it was on top of you," he told Channel 7.

The Devil face in the east Gippsland bushfire. Picture: 7NewsMelbourne
The Devil face in the east Gippsland bushfire. Picture: 7NewsMelbourne

 

Firefighters battle the east Gippsland bush blaze. Picture: Getty
Firefighters battle the east Gippsland bush blaze. Picture: Getty


"When it first hit, we stayed at my grandma's place, it didn't even burn the tops of the trees. It burned the gas above them it was like this white flame.

"It hit us like four or five times, the chopper pilots are heroes, they saved it (the property) … I'm very glad people did not get killed here. We've got a photo a friend took and I'm not into hooky pooky stuff but there was a big devil face in it."

Craig Calvert was with his father when fireballs jumped across their property. Picture: 7 News
Craig Calvert was with his father when fireballs jumped across their property. Picture: 7 News

Shaking and fighting back tears Mr Calvert said that government incompetence had led to the disaster fire season.

"People need help. Australia is scared. To Mr (Morrison), please throw your gloves on, come on down here and see me," he said.

"I've got an extensive network who can help with knowledge of the bush and how the environment actually runs. It doesn't run on paperwork.
"Morris (Morrison) step up and get behind us, don't let anymore people die in the future. You're the man of the hour, everyone will fall behind you."


PHOTOS: Fierce storm leaves trail of destruction

Premium Content PHOTOS: Fierce storm leaves trail of destruction

Did your place get smashed during the wild weather?

‘Big innovation’: Plans for $20M bioenergy plant

Premium Content ‘Big innovation’: Plans for $20M bioenergy plant

The facility would be the first of its kind in Australia

VIRTUAL REALITY: Film fest brings the silver screen to you

Premium Content VIRTUAL REALITY: Film fest brings the silver screen to you

THE Byron Bay Film Festival is bringing the audience closer than ever with their...