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 contributions would be much appreciated. The brigade is authorized to accept donations which are tax deductible. If interested, please go to the Contact Us page.
- Use the links on the right to access the DFES or DPaW websites .
- Call the DFES Information Line at: 13DFES (13 3337)
- 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:
The brigade was called out Thursday to stop a fire in a grass tree from spreading.
Bruce, Fish, Mitch and Steveo crewed the 4.4. The fire was quickly brought under control before it could spread to neighboring trees.
Captain Matty Muir said it's always better to call triple zero than risk a fire taking off.
A fire in a garage at a house on Commonage road brought out all the local brigades Monday. Our 4.4 and Light Tanker were called out for our first fire of spring, joining units from Dunsborough and Coastal Fire and Rescue and Dunsborugh Bush Fire Brigades.
Bruce was in the LT and was stood down enroute. Fish, Mitch, Mark P and Tony were in the 4.4. As Fish was the FCO for the location, he was nominally Incident Controller, but as it was a house fire, Fire and Rescue ran the show. They had to break into the garage and, using breathing apparatus, put out the fire . The fire originated in a refrigerator. All damage was isolated to the garage. The Rural brigade was there in case extra water was needed or the fire spread to the surrounding bush.
The brigade took advantage of break in the winter weather to carry out a burn off in Sheaoak Drive Thursday.
Matty, Fish, Chris, Andy, Douglas, Steveo, Joe And Mick took part. Close to five hectares were burnt.
With a lot of properties wanting to carry out burns and the forecast of a dry spring, the brigade is trying to get in as many burns as possible between the rains.
The community was reminded last weekend that bush fires are still a threat, even though it is June.
Both Yallingup Rural trucks were called out early Sunday to put out a fire that originated in a private burnoff the previous day. FCOs Fish and Hunty, along with Andy, Michael B, Steveo and Todd spent their Sunday morning mopping up.
Brigade Captain Matty points out that even though it is June and the fire season is officially over we need to be very careful burning off until the winter rains finally arrive.
After a very quiet season the brigade picked up the pace in May with its AGM and a couple of hazard reduction burns.
Brigade AGM 2017
There were big changes at the AGM with longtime chairman, Ian MacKenzie, stepping down and being replaced by Peter Campbell, the area’s Bushfire Ready Facilitator. Ian will remain an active member of the auxiliaries while Peter maintains his facilitator’s role
The brigade also thanked Mark and Wendy Standish for their major contribution to the brigade over the years. Wendy has been the brigade secretary for the last few years and Mark was the Yallingup Siding brigade captain and then FCO and active member. They are moving to Darwin. Wendy has been replaced by Linda Jenkins.
Between the showers the brigade was able to get in two burnoffs; at Sainsbury Loop and Lombo View. The burns were managed by Matty with Alan, Chris, Dave B & Dave T, Douglas, Egis, Fish, Hunty, Mike, Noel, Ross, Ruth, Pete and Todd helping out.
More burns are planned, with the timing depending on the weather. The next is scheduled for this Saturday, June 3. Anyone available should contact Fish.
Captain Matty points out it’s crucial for the brigade to conduct these important burns at this time of year as this minimizes the potential for major summer fires. And it is also an excellent opportunity for new members to get some experience, in light of the very few fires this last season.
Brigade members were called upon to put their new training skills to good use Wednesday when they took on the Kaloorup fire and excelled.
Andy, Bevan and Noel, in the 4.4, were confronted by the fire before they got to the command centre. There was a strong, up to 40k, northerly wind pushing the fire through a combination of bush and paddock. Noel knocked the fire back with the truck’s monitor, They then went on, joining about 10 trucks from other brigades, in protecting a threatened property and in bringing the fire under control. Chris joined the crew after finishing his responsibilities in the incident control unit and they worked on mopping up and knocking down burning stags the rest of the day.
Mike blacking out
Duncan and Mike in the Light Tanker arrived a few minutes after the 4.4 and were instructed to patrol Jindong-Treeton Road, which was in heavy smoke. They worked on knocking down the fire in the trees to stop it jumping the road and then mopping up. During the course of the day the light tanker refilled seven times.
The crews worked over 5 hours on the fire. According to DFES the fire was reported at 11 AM on Wednesday with the cause of the fire being an escaped private burn. Over 8 hectares were burnt.