Man on a mission

FOREST Fire Management Victoria senior forest and fire operations officer Andy Koren has returned safely to Mildura after a two-week stint fighting the devastating northern California forest fires. 

Senior Forest Fire Management operations officer Andy Koren recently returned from California. Pictures: Carmel Zaccone

Senior Forest Fire Management operations officer Andy Koren recently returned from California. Pictures: Carmel Zaccone

He arrived in the state’s capital of Sacramento on October 18 and was immediately sent to work in Santa Rosa, then later deployed to Geyersville – in the wine region of Sonoma. 

Mr Koren worked directly in the line of fire supporting local divisional supervisors who had up to 100 people reporting to them. 

“When we arrived, we could see the devastation and destruction that the fires had already caused,” he said.

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