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There was thick bush and a heavy barley crop to the west side of Liebeck Road and a heavy wheat crop to the east side, so there was plenty of fuel. The flames were heading east, coming towards us. We could just see that the southerly change was finally coming in, as the smoke up high was starting to head north. (Image opposite). The fire was just violent. It had the devil in it, it was so angry. Within the same instant, it was igniting crop and bush 800 metres ahead of the actual fire front. It wasn’t even properly in the bush around the house before it had jumped Liebeck Road, at the front of the house, and had belted into Rhonda and Shorty Morcombe’s property. (See image page 100) I rang Shorty and told him to get the hell out, but luckily he had already gone out by a back way. The flames finally got into the bush directly west of the house. The heat was so intense, that we were forced to retreat south down Liebeck road. All we could do was sit and watch as the house and sheds burned. (See image page 101)

MICK LEIBECK, SCADDAN | pg 99

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