Captain of the Bawley Point Rural Fire Brigade Charlie Magnuson is one happy man.
No is not happy that the people of his village and many others in the Shoalhaven are currently in the middle of a massive bushfire emergency situation.
What he is happy about is the way his team of firefighters and all the other members of the emergency service units took on the Currowan Fire on Thursday and repelled it.
"I am so proud that we have not lost a person or a house in this village (Bawley Point)," he said.
"It was a great team effort and I am so proud of them all."
Not many of us would be brave enough to stand in front of a 20-metre wall of fire armed with just a hose.
However, the firefighters in Bawley Point and in other villages did just that on many occasions.
Charlie said the key when facing such a beast of a fire was not to panic.
He added all the seasoned and experienced firefighters drew on their training.
Meanwhile, down in the South Durras assistance from above helped saved the village.
The dropping of flame retardant by the the aerial bombardment team played a key role in saving the seaside village.
"They will get beers for life from me," one resident said.
"It was a big help and they (the aerial bombardment team) are like our unsung heroes."
The lines of blackened trees indicates just how hot it got down in the Depot Beach/Durras area.