MAIDEN Gully resident Dale Pearce said the number of people driving towards an out-of-control bushfire on Sunday was startling.
The Bendigo Senior Secondary College principal, his wife Cath, and two daughters Meg, 5, and Greta, 3, evacuated their Robin Hill Estate home.
Mr Pearce said he was shocked by the number of people in vehicles heading in the direction of fire danger.
"I was amazed," he said
"There were lots of cars heading into the fire."
Mr Pearce said he was not overly worried about the fire destroying his home, but said it was better to be safe.
He said he could see lots of smoke from his house.
Mr Pearce said the family stayed with friends until it was safe to return to the area.