Last week’s catastrophic blaze in the Perth hills of Western Australia ended after taking the property toll to 56 homes. The fire – which had flames of up to 20m high and was so hot it melted glass windows – was sparked by a falling power pole on a private property, on a Sunday with gusty winds and temperatures over 40°C.

This saw the beginning of a week where the Rapid Relief Team spent six days and five nights providing for affected residents and emergency crews.

Shortly after the fire began, the RRT were quick to offer assistance to the Salvation Army. Once this was accepted, the team arrived at the Brown Park evacuation centre in Swan View at around 4:30pm.

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