On Saturday, Yarloop residents met on the oval to mark the first anniversary of the catastrophic bushfire and to commemorate the tragic loss of two residents.
A Harvey Shire Council working group organised the event as a quiet gathering to allow residents to come together and support each other in fellowship.
Members of Harvey shire volunteer bushfire brigades attended and a hundred helium balloons, donated by Yvonne and Vic Tomlinson, of Waroona, were released into the sky.
“Not everyone could face coming but those who did commented on a wonderful day,” Mrs Alexander said.
“What nature has thrown at us and how we have responded has been both traumatising and the response courageous.
“The Waroona-Yarloop fires of 2016 were not just about nature, firefighting, politics and people in power,” Cr Jackson said.
“It was about the response of the community, emerging improvisation, heroism and care for each other.”