Welcome to the Yallingup Rural Website

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 as a fire fighter please go to the New Members section of this website. If you are not keen on fighting fires but want to help, we are looking for auxiliary volunteers.  For more information click on New Auxiliaries. 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

  • Use the links on the right to access the DFES or DPaW websites .
  • 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. Click here for the very latest  DFES South West alerts..

The latest news about the brigade follows below:

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Andy and Carlo Hit the Road to Donnybrook

Andy and Carlo spent Thursday night fighting a fire southeast of Donnybrook. The pair took the Light Tanker at eight pm and returned by nine Friday morning,  just in time for Andy to return to work at the Post Office.

They were operating southeast of Donnybrook, off Thomson Brook Road. They spent the night blacking out and extinguishing spot fires, working in very hilly terrain, in bush and pine plantations.

By mid Friday morning the fire was contained but not under control.

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Lightning Gets the Brigade out of Bed

Lightning started a fire on Caves Road near Spencer early Thursday morning with the alert going out at 5:15.

A rapid crew response got the 1.4 with Andy, Douglas, Carlo and Mitch; followed by the 4.4 with Alan, Matty, Noel, Pete and Tony; and the Light Tanker with Duncan and Emma on the scene quickly.  There they met FCO’s Hunty and Fish . The fire was soon extinguished. Blacking out took longer with fire smouldering in some of the older Marris along the side of the road.

The burnt area was adjacent to a blue gum plantation and it was fortunate the wind was from the south and the crews got to the fire so quickly.  It was the first workout for the reinvigorated 4.4.

Later in the day a fire at Clairault Winery got the volunteers out again but the winery staff had extinguished the fire by the time the crews got to the fire shed.

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Yallingup Comes Home

Start of the Shift

Start of the Shift

The latest Yallingup Rural crew came home late Sunday night after a long day at the Northcliffe fire. Currently no crews are on call and it is anticipated the 4.4 will return soon for much needed maintenance.

The crew of Duncan, Mark S, Mark P, Mitch and Tony, along with Ian for the 12.2, set off from home around 4am and returned to Dunsborough around 10pm.

Blacking Out

Blacking Out

After the morning briefing, they spent the day in exactly the same area as the Wednesday night crew, attacking flare ups and blacking down. Two helicopters were called in to suppress a spotover in front of the truck. They also spent time draughting and supplying water to the Hithergreen and Sussex trucks which were unable to draft. Credit to the driver, Stando, for his skills in tricky terrain and his swimming skills.

The Monitor in Action

The Monitor in Action

Over the last week there have been six 4.4 crews sent to Northcliffe along with the 12.2 crews. In total it is estimated there have been 23 members of the brigade at the fire with four doing three shifts, including Steveo spending over a week looking after the 12.2.

Along with the Northcliffe action there was a local fire last week with lightning starting a fire in Yungarra Drive.  Adam turned up quickly with the Light Tanker, along with Tony and the Dunsborough Light Tanker. By time they arrived, however,  the neighbors had helped to put it out.

Getting On It Before It Gets Away

Getting On It Before It Gets Away

Along with use by our crew, the 4.4 has been used by Dunsborough  and crews from Victoria,  NSW. As of Sunday it has a cracked windscreen, a wonky electric winder, missing one hand winder, a malfunctioning foam system and one door handle is coming off.

Apart from  the crews getting a break, it is hoped this will also be a good break for our hard working coordinator, Barb, and for all the spouses who have had to drive their partners to Busselton at very unsocial hours.

Drafting

Draughting on Behalf of our Neighbours

Tricky Terrain-Credit:Dunsborough VBFB

Tricky Terrain-Credit:Dunsborough VBFB

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Northcliffe Bound

End of the Shift

End of the Shift

Crews are continuing to be sent to Northcliffe although the improved weather Thursday allowed the evening shifts to be dropped for at least the next few days.

Jason returned Friday morning after spending the night driving the 4.4 with a crew from Victoria. FCO David also returned Friday after working three days in IC.

Chris and auxiliary Shahan headed off to Northcliffe on their way to a wedding in Denmark, with Chris driving the 4.4 and Shahn the 12.2. Chris was joined by Andy (again, again, again), Emma and Adam.

View from on Top

View from on Top

Joe Mac will head down Saturday to work on the 12.2 and Annie resumes her role as a DFES Community Liaison Officer for the next few days working out of Pemberton or Northcliffe or Manjimup..

The next crew heads down 4AM Sunday with Mark squared (S&P), Mitch, Duncan and Tony S. All except Mark S are on their second or third shifts.

On the home front Barb made the front page of the local paper. See here. Not surprisingly she didn’t mention her own massive effort-a never ending shift: coordinating crews and part-time driver.  And she’s still waiting for Steveo to return!

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Northcliffe: 4.4 Fights on Without Us

The latest Yals Rural crew returned Thursday morning, leaving the truck in the capable hands of a Dunsborough crew.. Thanks go to David for bringing the crews together. Also thanks to Dunsborough’s Mal Ballard for his driving, hose and winder-fixing skills, although we won’t hold him responsbile for the long term life of the winder.

Credit: D. Kirsop, Artist and Volunteer Firey

Credit: D. Kirsop, Artist and Volunteer Firey

So far there have been five crews sent from the brigade and we’re looking forward to the return of the 4.4 which needs some TLC.

Crew Swap Wednesday PM-Fire in Distance

Crew Swap Wednesday PM-Fire in Distance

The crews have mainly been used in blacking out, putting out fires in already burnt areas. Wednesaday night’s crew had to deal with a number of huge Karri trees burning through their core.

Blacking Out   Credit: M Ballard, Expert at Many Things and Volunteer Firey

Blacking Out Credit: M Ballard, Expert at Many Things and Volunteer Firey

The fire has burnt over 80,000 hectares of bushland and has a perimeter of more than 240km. There are over 200 firefighters on the scene at any one time. It is anticipated there will be ongoing regular Yallingup crew shifts going to the fire.

northtrucks

Credit: M. Palmer Statistician and Volunteer Firey

 

The fire now stretches from the edge of Windy Harbour to east of the South West Highway.

Tired and Battered 4.4  Credit: D. Gardener, IT Engineer and Volunteer Firey

Tired and Battered 4.4 Credit: D. Gardener, IT Engineer and Volunteer Firey

 

View from Roberston Rd. Thursday Morning

View from Roberston Rd. Thursday Morning

 

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Northcliffe: Round Five

Another crew headed to Northcliffe Wednesday, replacing Mitch, Titch, Richard and Mark P and Bob S. They had gone down early Monday morning and have done two shifts blacking out south of the Northcliffe townsite. The second crew of Douglas, Carlo, Emma, Kev and Andy worked overnight.

The new crew of Bruce, Duncan, Noel and Tony S is joined with a guest appearance of Mal Ballard from Dunsborough behind the wheel. It is anticipated they will be bringing the 4.4 home for repairs Thursday morning.

FCO Dave is also heading down to Northcilffe.

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