I realised if I stay here and wait for the fire to come to me, it’s going to be that much bigger and more dangerous.’

During the Mt Nardi fires, Ivy Young helped to organise volunteers, clear trails with her trusty McLeod tool, and patrol and put out fires in the months following. After things had settled at home, she set off with her newfound skills to help her parents as a fire threatened their home in the Bega Vallley.