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.