Fast Response Saves National Park and Houses

The fast response by Rural and the other local brigades and DEC Sunday stopped a fire on Wardanup Hill from escaping into the national park and also destroying houses on private property surrounded by the park.

The SMS went out at 10:49 and by 11:05 tankers were attacking the fire. They quickly set up a defensive line along a fire break and stopped the fire there. By 11:30 they were joined by a helitac which carried out numerous attacks on the eastern flank. The fire was under control by around 1:00 although a wind change caused a further brief flare up.

The 4.4 with Tich driving and Stevo, Annie, Doug, Duncan and Mark F was the first Rural tanker to arrive, quickly followed by the light tanker with Joe and Bruce. The 1.4 was later sent with Andy, David W, Dave T and Tony C. Blaze gave a helping hand to the Dunsborough crew.

David H returned in the evening to monitor and Joe and Bruce returned with the 1.4 Monday morning to mop up.

It was thought the fire might have been started by a cigarette or the previous night’s bbq.

More pictures available here.

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