A casual Sunday lunch with his AFL assistant coaches turned into a bushfire evacuation for St Kilda's Alan Richardson.

The new Saints coach and his family had to leave their outer-suburban Park Orchards home in a hurry because of the nearby Warrandyte fire.

They were able to return after a couple of hours.

Richardson admits there were some anxious moments after they received mobile phone and landline notification from emergency services that they had to evacuate.

"I was actually heading up the driveway going to Danny Sexton's house for a coach barbecue," he said.

"I quickly did a U-turn, went back, got everything that was dear to us and took off.

"Around 12 o'clock we had to pack up the kids and the dog and the cat - we didn't find the cat, actually.

"So it was good the fire didn't come though."

Richardson said while it was only a scare for himself and his family, they felt for others who had suffered from Sunday's fire crisis.

"There are dramas for some people and we're thinking of them, in terms of loss of homes."

AAP