This is the website of the Yallingup Rural Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, headquartered 6.2k south of the Yallingup Post Office on Caves Road. The brigade covers an area of around 106 square kilometres. Its neighbours include the Yallingup Coastal, Dunsborough and Wilyabrup brigades. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to the New Members section of this website. Without volunteers there is no brigade. The brigade is a not-for-profit organisation and any (well appreciated) contributions would be tax deductible. If interested, please go to the Contact Us page.
During emergencies please use the links on the right to access the DFES or DPaW websites and listen to ABC Local Radio at 684 AM at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. This website will NOT be updated during a fire although it will carry bushfire alerts from DFES in the box on the right. However these could be delayed up to 15 minutes.
The latest news about the brigade follows below:
Joe Burleys Farewell
The brigade, Tuesday night, said good bye and thanked Joe Burley for his seven years of hard work. FCO David Hunt thanked Joe for his many years of work as the training and new members officer at the brigade. It was only 7 years, but it might have felt like 20, David said.
Joe initiated the role of organizing the formal DEFS training process in the brigade and carried this out very efficiently. He was a reliable volunteer for burn offs and did far more than his fair share of this. Along with his firefighting duties he was a hard working Bush Fire Ready coordinator.
Joe joined the brigade after moving down south. He and his wife Cheryl are heading to Tasmania for six months before deciding where to live next.
Blacking out at Marrinup Fire
In other brigade news, the 4.4 and light tanker were in operation on Marrinup last week putting out a fire that had started from a private burn that had not been properly extinguished. There was also a call out Saturday night which turned out to be a false alarm.
This Wednesday the brigade had a two-for-one special. Enroute to a scheduled burn, it was called over to Vintners Ridge to assist Dunsborough in putting out a grass fire. All three fire fighting units were involved. Once that fire was out the burn progressed. A long afternoon.
Mopping up after Glover Road Fire
The brigade has been called out twice recently to extinguish private burns that got out of control. In both cases they resulted from individuals trying to maintain multiple fires. Fortunately in both cases the brigade was able to stop the fires before they got into neighboring bush.
On Thursday, October 23, our new Light Tanker, and our 1.4 were called out, along with Dunsborough units and the 12.2 water tanker. The fire was quickly brought under control but it took another few hours to mop up. The new water tanker played a useful role in allowing a quick refilling turnaround, loading the Dunsborough 3.4 once, the Light Tanker twice, our 1.4 once.
Fire Breaks the Property Line
The earlier fire was on the same day as the fire expo in Dunsborough and the quick exit of the trucks from the Dunsborugh parking lot gave a sense of reality to the exhibition. There was no shortage of trucks from around the Busselton region ready to help. Again, the fire was quickly extinguished. Fortunately there was little wind on the day.
Brigade Captain Matt Muir is asking the community to make sure anyone burning has adequate resources to control the fire and make allowances for a change in wind speed and direction. This, he says, is especially important this week as after Saturday, November 2, all fires will require a permit.
Flo, the 12.2 Tanker, at its First Fire
Flo, the 12.2 water tanker, made her debut earlier this month, supporting the brigade at a fire in Kalorup.
Helitac at Gale Road
On Saturday, March 8 the brigade’s 4.4 was called out to assist Metricup and Kalorup brigades with a pole fire on Gale Rd. The crew was Muir, Hunt, Stevens and Lawrence. The objective was to help put out and overhaul a pile of hay bales that were alight. Other appliances used were a loader, two helitacs and the 12.2 which was driven by Yardley and assisted by McDowell. It took about 8 minutes to load the tanker from a hydrant.
On the next day the 4.4 was again called out. This time to assist Metricup and Willyabrup brigades with a fire on Carter Rd. Metricup ( behind Cape Lavender). According to local press reports, the Fire and Emergency Services community officer, Tim Wall, said the blaze was started by a backpacker who accidently lit a fire. The crew was Muir, Fisher, Stevens and Jones. Other appliances included two helitacs and the DPAW ‘dozer. The 4.4’s objective was to assist in blacking out and waiting for ‘dozer to arrive to fall a old burning Redgum and put it out. There were about 30 fire fighters at the scene.
Carter Road Fire
Hilly Terrain at Kangaroo Gully
Did someone say a quiet fire season? The brigade responded to two fires in 24 hours this week. The 4.4, with a crew of five, went to the Kangaroo Gully fire, outside Bridgetown, early Tuesday and did a 12 hour shift, mainly blacking out. A lot of the work involved steep hills alongside pine plantations.
Roughly six hours later, at 1:45 Wednesday morning, the brigade was called out to a fire a lot closer to home, Kangaroo Parade. The 4.4 and 1.4 spent over two hours mainly blacking out and putting out spot fires. Andy J, Alan Y and Matty did double shifts, all day at Bridgetown and overnight in Yals.
Dunsborough and Yallingup Coastal brigades both assisted at the Kangaroo Parade fire.
Two grass fires on Sunday and Monday put an end to a new year without fires for Yallingup Rural. Both fires were out by the time the trucks arrived but they were a good reminder how lucky the district has been.
Sunday, around 13:15 a fire was reported opposite and up the road from Gunyulgup Gallery. Quick work by neighbors with portable pumps put out the fire and the 1.4 was called out to assist in blacking out the area. The fire appeared to have originated around the base of a power pole.
Monday’s fire, around 10:00, was at a farm near the southern end of North Yelverton road. Trucks from Metricup, Wilyabrup and Kaloorup attended and by the time our 4.4 arrived the fire was out. There were also handful of workers on site installing fencing who assisted in putting out the fire. Again, the brigade assisted in blacking out.
Unlike previous Christmas/New Years holidays there were no fires in the district this year. There was only one call out on Dec 30 and the light tanker got stood down half way to “the fire” at Brookland Valley. It turned out to be the notorious sea mist.
Brigade Captain Matty Muir said the double roster system worked well and thanked those members who signed up and perhaps had a more sober holiday. He especially thanked Barb for her usual great work, handling the phone over the whole period.
On the evening of Dec 28, 2012, the brigade responded to two fires, including the Margaret River Dairy Company fire outside Cowarumup. On New Year’s eve 2010 there was a fire at Indijup and in the early 2000’s there were fires on Christmas day in two consecutive years at the same location!
Training recommences this Tuesday, Jan 7.