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.