The Little town where we have a house in Vic was badly threatened on two incoming fronts in the Big Victorian fires. It was only Elvis..the huge water chopper that came in from America that saved it.
A big problem too is that many NSW fireys were sent there, including hubby but they were allowed to do nothing except protecting homes, stuff drain pipes, advise as vic was in charge. Same thing happens every state others are sent to. Legally, if he was moving someone's cattle, an ember flew in, started a spot fire, he could not put it out but had to call the ones in that state. True story and partly why it is all in such a bloody mess when big fires are there. I can understand that the flat area fireys are not trained for hilly and mountain terrain, however, the legalities can be a joke.