(CNN)Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday that he would return from his holiday immediately, after two volunteer firefighters died battling wildfires on Thursday.
Australian PM Scott Morrison cuts short Hawaii holiday after two firefighters die battling wildfires
Morrison has been heavily criticized for taking a pre-Christmas break in Hawaii, as more than 2,500 firefighters across New South Wales state work to contain raging fires. He said Friday that he would "happily" return to deal with the crisis.
He then added, "I don't hold a hose, mate, and I don't sit in a control room. That's the brave people who do that are doing that job. But I know that Australians would want me back at this time."
His return comes after volunteer firefighters Geoffrey Keaton, 32, and Andrew O'Dwyer, 36, died Thursday near the town of Buxton, southwest of Sydney. It's believed their vehicle hit a tree before rolling off the road, said the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in a statement on Friday. Three other firefighters were also injured.
Keaton joined the RFS as a volu