(Image Source: ITV)

BY CHARESSE JAMES
ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE



As wildfires continue to rage across the Australian island of Tasmania, one family survived an approaching “wall of fire tornadoes” by jumping into the ocean and clinging to a wooden jetty for three hours Friday.

NBC News: “No escape is more amazing than that of this family, pictured here taking shelter in the sea while all around them burnt.”

The five Walker children, all between the ages of 2 and 11, were being watched by their grandparents while their mother was away attending a funeral.

As Bonnie Walker attempted to drive home through the fires, only to be stopped by road closings, her father sent her this picture with his cell phone to let her know the kids were all right.

Bonnie Walker, via ITV: “It's still quite an upsetting image ... I knew that that would be a challenge to keep three non-swimmers above water and with only my mom, dad and our eldest daughter.”

They managed to escape by boat after 3 hours in the water, and the entire family was reunited on Saturday.

Australia's record-breaking heat wave has sent temperatures soaring, melting road tar and setting off hundreds of wildfires, so much so that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has added new colors to its weather map to represent temperatures of 123.8 to 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

There have been no deaths reported during this latest heat wave, but 100 people haven't been accounted for since last week when a fire destroyed around 90 homes.

Australian Family Survives 'Tornadoes of Fire'

by Charesse James
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Jan 9, 2013

Australian Family Survives 'Tornadoes of Fire'

(Image Source: ITV)

BY CHARESSE JAMES
ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE



As wildfires continue to rage across the Australian island of Tasmania, one family survived an approaching “wall of fire tornadoes” by jumping into the ocean and clinging to a wooden jetty for three hours Friday.

NBC News: “No escape is more amazing than that of this family, pictured here taking shelter in the sea while all around them burnt.”

The five Walker children, all between the ages of 2 and 11, were being watched by their grandparents while their mother was away attending a funeral.

As Bonnie Walker attempted to drive home through the fires, only to be stopped by road closings, her father sent her this picture with his cell phone to let her know the kids were all right.

Bonnie Walker, via ITV: “It's still quite an upsetting image ... I knew that that would be a challenge to keep three non-swimmers above water and with only my mom, dad and our eldest daughter.”

They managed to escape by boat after 3 hours in the water, and the entire family was reunited on Saturday.

Australia's record-breaking heat wave has sent temperatures soaring, melting road tar and setting off hundreds of wildfires, so much so that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has added new colors to its weather map to represent temperatures of 123.8 to 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit.

There have been no deaths reported during this latest heat wave, but 100 people haven't been accounted for since last week when a fire destroyed around 90 homes.

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