Evacuated locals from the Yinnar South Budgeree fire flown home
Fire crews went above expectations quite literally when they flew residents back to their homes a few days ago, after evacuating during the Yinnar South Budgeree fire.
Crews assisted two residents with an urgent need to return home by arranging helicopter transport to their properties within the Yinnar fires.
Incident Controller, Mark Gunning said: “Crews recognised the urgency and legitimacy of the requests and they were pleased to assist the two residents return to their homes for a short time.
“The helicopter flight enabled them to return home safely by avoiding travel on roads that are still unsafe because of hazardous trees.
The residents were able to check on animals left behind during the evacuation and collect personal items.
Local resident, Peter Adams was relieved to be reunited with his dogs, as well as other pets.
“My dogs, Isabella and Finn, were delighted to see me, though both had lost weight,” he said.