On New Year’s Eve - when thousands in the beachside Victorian town of Mallacoota barely escaped the annihilation of a mega bushfire, David Jeffery got a call from the Australia's national broadcaster, the ABC.
It was 20 minutes after the initial fire front had backed up.
“We could hear the fire roaring as it hit town, like a thousand locomotives coming at us,” he recalls saying.
“I started praying. I said 'Lord, please, please, please turn the wind, turn it back like putting on the brakes!' And literally, people know that I’m telling the truth, somehow it came from the east which is the opposite direction [from] where that front was coming.” READ MORE