Camilla McKinnon with things she was able to save from her home, which is cut off by fires.
Camilla McKinnon with things she was able to save from her home, which is cut off by fires. Blainey Woodham

Fire evacuates Tanglewood

ALMOST the entire Tanglewood community chose to evacuate the area late Monday afternoon as bushfires threatened to destroy their homes.

Among those to flee were Camilla McKinnon and her seven-year-old son Adon.

Miss McKinnon said she left the Cabarita Beach Sports Club, where she works, just after 3pm and was allowed to pass a road block on Clothiers Creek Road to try and get home.

“I had my seven-year-old son in the car and we got about 10 metres past the road block and I turned back because there was just too much smoke to see anything,” Miss McKinnon, 28, said.

“I was scared for my son.

“Ten minutes later I tried to go back through without my son and they wouldn’t let me.”

Miss McKinnon said almost the whole area chose to leave, except for a small handful of residents with horses and cattle on their property.

“I just stood with all my neighbours and watched it from the Round Mountain road block,” she said.

“We were standing back on the road watching all the smoke and not knowing what was burning, it could have been our homes.”

Fortunately, no houses have been destroyed by the fires so far.

“They’ve saved all the houses but it’s come pretty close,” Miss McKinnon said.

“The fires came to just across the road from my house; we’re so lucky.

“Hat off to the firies; they’ve been amazing.”

Miss McKinnon stayed with friends at Pottsville on Monday night and planned to stay there last night also.

She was allowed to return to her home for 10 minutes this morning to collect a few things.

“I just grabbed photos and babies things; my special stuff,” Miss McKinnon said.

“There was a lot of smoke through the house and it’s covered everything in a layer of dust.”

Miss McKinnon yesterday said she thought the fires were just as bad as they were on Monday but they had moved away from homes at Tanglewood.

“We’re just waiting to see if we can get back in.”

The fires have been burning since Saturday.

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