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:
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 Wendy has been replaced by Linda Jenkins.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.
Two new members of the brigade got to practice their new fire fighting skills Friday. Ross Miller and Murray Penter joined old hands Andy and Steveo in relieving the Dunsborough 4.4 crew at a fire near Donnybrook.
They left by bus at 6am and spent the day blacking out and assisting in putting out hot spots in the tree tops. In doing so, they managed to save a number of old trees from being felled. They were working around Hetherington Road, between Boyanup and Donnybrook.
The fire was first reported Thursday and a number of farm buildings have been destroyed, although no homes are reported burnt.
The crew returned with the Dunsborough 4.4 at 7:30pm.
Drafting at Gunyulgup
The brigade was kept busy this week for all the good reasons. Monday and Tuesday evenings were dedicated to training and Friday night was the Christmas bash.
Monday involved training on the new burnover protection tools. These involved the new in-cab breathing devices-allowing 30 minutes of air in case of a burnover, the new truck sprinkler systems that give at least five minutes of protection to the trucks and the new vehicle tracking devices, that allow users to monitor truck locations. (Video available here)
Joint Brigade Debrief
Tuesday the auxiliaries took over, working with both the Rural and Coastal brigades, filling up trucks from Gunyulgup dam. Efficiently filling six trucks constantly for 90 minutes, they showed what could be done if the power goes out in the region. It was also a good opportunity for the two brigades to work (and play) together.
Speaking of play, Friday night was the annual Christmas party, again well managed by Mitch at Egis’ restaurant, The Barnyard. FCO Fish thanked the volunteers and their partners for their contribution during the year and Mitch thanked Captain Matty, in absentia, for his dedication during the year. A good time was had.
Two Rural crews were sent to the Gregory and Ellis State Forest fires in the Shire of Nannup Sunday. The fire had been reported the previous afternoon and was the result of a prescribed burn carried out a month earlier, according to Parks and Wildlife, which was managing the fire.
After five hours of blacking out
The first crew, consisting of Andy, Emma, Leisha and Mark P along with driver Kim Standish from Coastal left at 11 and after a briefing at the control unit on Brockman Highway spent the day blacking out in rough, hilly, burnt out forest in hot conditions. After a lunch break they continued on until 6 when they were relieved by the second crew, consisting of Bevan, Carlo (welcome back), Mike and Noel.
That crew had left the Dunsborough fire shed at 4:30pm with crews from Duns and Vasse.
They eventually started mopping up at 9pm, working alongside a crew from Cowaramup. Along with mopping up they used their drafting skills to fill two other trucks. They finished mopping up at midnight, departed Incident Control around 12:30am and finally left a clean (note to Steveo) 4.4 in the shed at 2:20am.
There will be a comprehensive bushfire preparedness information session Saturday morning at 9:30, Junee Place, off Glover Road, in Yallingup Siding.
Officials from DFES, the City of Busselton and brigade members will be attending. It will provide up to date information on bushfire preparedness for both property and people. Be there to find out how to make your property safer.