“We’ve got to leave now, there’s houses burning behind you.”
Knocking on doors while the fences burn beside them, Senior Constables Cameron McLean, Mark Johnston, Darryl Campbell and Gabrielle Zwaan-Ward were among the officers helping with the evacuation during wild bushfires in the Peregian area on the Sunshine Coast.
The Peregian fire began around 4:30pm on Monday and was so fast-moving it caught many off-guard.
More than 300 firefighters were fighting the blaze, while police evacuated hundreds of residents.
Damaged property at Peregian Beach after the bushfire swept through on Monday. (Supplied: Wavell Bush )
People were still in their homes as embers began to fall.
The officers also helped evacuate people who could not get themselves to safety.
“Let me give you a hand mate — there’s a fire coming,” an officer said to an elderly man in his dining room.
Once people were safe, the officers also chipped in, trying to stop homes catching alight.