Eight hikers who found themselves at risk from being surrounded by an out of control bushfire in central Queensland, Australia at the weekend had the good fortune of being escorted out by local Firefighters.
The Firefighters from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were dealing with the blaze when the hikers reported their dilemma. A rescue helicopter was initially sent to the area and was stood down once the safety of the hikers was confirmed.
The walkers were navigating bushland in the Blackdown Table National Park on Sunday afternoon after the fire which is believed to have started near the Charlevue Road near Dingo in eastern Queensland.
Despite the risk, it is reported that four other people refused assistance whilst a fifth was helped out after reaching a ranger’s hut.
Eleven people, including three children, received precautionary checks from the Queensland Ambulance Service.
A rescue helicopter was earlier dispatched to the area but later stood down after the group were rescued on the ground.
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