8 Hours for Donnybrook

doncannonThe brigade’s 4.4 spent 8 hours Monday helping contain and control a fire near Donnybrook that had started earlier in the day.

Helitac at Work
Helitac at Work

Andy, Carlo, Matty and Steveo left at 5pm, joined a convoy in Busselton and started work around 7pm. Initially the crew was tasked to try to contain the fire which was still spreading. This work included knocking high hot spots in the trees, thereby preventing its spread through “spotting”. Once the fire was contained they concentrated on mopping up along the fire perimeter. They were assisted by the Helitac helicopters which were able to work until dark.

The convoy left around midnight with the truck back at the shed by 1:30. Matty and Steveo were back at work Tuesday morning preparing the truck for its next outing.

On the Fireground
On the Fireground

According to DFES around 80 firefighters were at the 142 hectare fire. DFES describes the cause of the fire as “suspicious”.

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Fire at Wood Furniture Workshop

BlythThe brigade supported neighbouring Fire and Rescue units Tuesday at a
Blythe Road fire.

The fire, in a Yallingup Siding wood workshop, was isolated and extinguished by Yallingup Coastal Fire and Rescue using breathing apparatus, supported by Dunsborough.

Carlo (welcome back!) Kevin, Mark and Tony were in the 1.4 while Kevin Mc did double duty (making up for lost time!) in the Light Tanker with Duncan and later driving the 4.4 with Andy. Fish was the incident controller, supported by David and Andy Wright from DFES FRS.

Brigades Face Down Potential Major Fire

Andy Keeping Watch
Andy Keeping Watch

 

The quick response from Yallingup Rural and both Dunsborough brigades saved at least one house and stopped a fire spreading into the former Rosneath Estate.

Stando Doing a Reccy
Stando Doing a Reccy

The brigade was called out to a fire by the Sheaok dam at 5:30 Thursday afternoon, it’s second fire in as many days.

A moderate breeze was blowing the fire up the hill into dense bush and towards a house.  After good coordination between the IC and the FCOs, both the Dunsborough and Rural brigades stopped the fire on the perimeter of the house. And within half an hour they had held the fire at a fire break, not allowing it to enter a more populated area. Water bombers knocked down the fire and then the brigades spent the next four hours putting out spot fires and blacking out.

All the brigade’s trucks were out with Andy, Matty, Mick, Mike and Noel on the 4.4, Alan, Douglas, Mark P and Pete on the 1.4 and Annie, Duncan, Stando and Tony on the Light Tanker at various times. All the FCOs (David, Chris, Fish and Stando) were attending along with the Busselton FCO. Local residents helped in trying to put out the grass fires. The brigade’s auxilary unit was very busy filling trucks as the local standpipe wasn’t functioning with Bill, Di, Jenny and Pete  working the pump.

All the trucks were out again Friday morning with Alan, Douglas,  Matty,  Noel and Stando mopping up hot spots.

 

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First Vineyard Fire of the Season

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December has started with the first vineyard fire of the season and the brigade’s 11th since mid October. A full turnout of brigade trucks along with Dunsborough kept the fire in the vineyard, saving the house and neighbouring bush.

There was a DFES callout Tuesday at 9:20. The Dunsborough trucks arrived first, both Fire and Rescue and Bush Fire along with their Light Tankers. They were followed by Rural’s Light Tanker with Duncan and Matty, and the 4.4 with Alan, Andy, Noel and Steveo.  Pete, in the 1.4; picked up his crew of Adam, Douglas, Mark and Tony enroute.  FCOS’s David and Stando where in attendance.

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Vineyard After the Fire

The fire was thought to have started from a spark produced while slashing in the vineyard. Although there was not a strong wind, there were erratic gusts which spread the fire to various corners of the vineyard. Fortunately a recently created firebreak and the quick turnout of the brigades stopped the fire from burning up to the house on the property. The fire was out, although still smouldering, within an hour.