Four Corners: Feb 3

On Monday night Four Corners and Q&A return with special bushfire editions, both presented by Hamish Macdonald.

“Black Summer” on Four Corners features stories from the frontlines that are both terrifying and awe-inspiring.

“We can’t get any help…the truck is burning.” NSW Fire crew, Nowra

They are the videos that stopped the nation and stunned the world – images from the firegrounds capturing the ferocity of the bushfires that have raged around Australia this black summer.

“Mate you need to get out! Don’t go back in there!” Police Officer, Peregian Beach QLD

These videos have been viewed tens of millions of times, but who filmed them and how did their stories end?

“All of the sudden, it was right upon us, within seconds. And we had time to say, ‘Get in the house.’ We got in the house, and it just exploded all around us.” Resident, Kangaroo Island SA

On Monday Four Corners brings you the people and the stories behind the heart-stopping footage seen around the world.

“The hose is burnt! The hose is burnt!” Resident, East Gippsland VIC

A team of reporters and producers have fanned out across the country to track down the Australians who found themselves in the centre of the firestorms. What emerges are incredible stories of survival, bravery and heartbreak.

“Dad was a person that liked to help people, and exactly the same for my brother…They’re going to be missed, and we just hope that I can fill their shoes. It’s tough going.” Brother, Cobargo NSW

From the cabins of firetrucks driving into the inferno to families retreating to the beaches as the flames grew ever closer, these stories from the frontlines are both terrifying and awe-inspiring.

“We could feel that heat coming through the truck. We could see the flames coming in horizontally… we’re beginning to make our retreat when the truck came to a complete standstill.” NSW Fire crew, Nowra

An unmissable return for Four Corners.

8.30pm Monday 3rd February on ABC.

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