PIPERS River resident Andrew Green experienced the drama and witnessed the devastation unfolding on the Tasman Peninsula late last week.
Mr Green and his wife were co-ordinating the Falls Festival clean-up effort at Marion Bay on Thursday when they were told to flee the region and head to Dunalley - less than 48 hours before the township burnt to the ground.
``We were working down there on Thursday with the clean-up with 50 other people and we all got evacuated off site,'' Mr Green said yesterday.
``We had a bus come and pick us up . . . and we went to Dunalley that night as we were told to set up in the paddock behind the pub.''
Later that night Mr Green and his group of workers were given the all-clear to return the the festival site, only to be evacuated again the next day.
``We went back to Falls and then the next day (Friday) after going to Dunalley to get some ice and other stuff, we drove back to Falls and then they told us to move on again,'' he said.
``So we went to our designated evacuation point at the beach.''
``We stayed on the beach for the night and had spectacular views of the fire as it ripped down from Dunalley to the Tasman Peninsula.
``We had a bird's eye view of it as it was going down the peninsula and we sat there and watched it for 10 hours or more, and then when we got to the beach you could see the fireball over Dunalley - it was massive.''
Mr Green said he was never concerned as he was in the safest spot possible - on the beach.