How it felt as NSW bushfire raged towards homes

Nadine Morton
Updated October 5 2023 - 7:46am, first published 7:45am

Thick, dark smoke billowed in the distance and ash began to rain down, but Vanessa Forbes waited.

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Nadine Morton

Nadine Morton

Senior journalist

Nadine Morton covers emergency services and breaking news for the Illawarra Mercury. She takes pride in regional journalism which she believes is crucial to informing our towns and cities. Have a story? Email her at

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