A quick response by Wilyabrup brigade to a fire off Caves road on Wednesday limited damage to two paddocks. The Wilyabrup light tanker was quickly followed by the Yallingup Rural 4.4 and 1.4 and the Coastal brigade trucks.
The fire, which is thought to have started behind a holiday rental, quickly spread through two paddocks towards an adjacent house before it was brought under control.
Fish was in control with Bob, Mike, Stevo and Tony in the 4.4 and Bruce, David and Pete in the 1.4. Chris put the heat sensor to good use in the blacking out. Within a little more than 90 minutes the brigade members were returning to their holidays.
A reminder: open outdoor fires are not permitted and that includes fire pits.
Yallingup Rural was joined by the other local bush fire brigades in a training exercise Tuesday night. It simulated a fire quickly approaching the area. The brigades carried out property evaluations and, when determined to be defendable, trucks took up defensive positions around the property.
Crews from Dunsborough, both Yallingup brigades, Metricup, Wilyabrup and Eagle Bay split into two sectors, with Rural’s Matty Muir in charge of one and Dunsborough’s Dave Jenkins the other. Crews were then designated locations to check and if feasible, defend. The exercise was complicated with a simulated burn- over and heat stroke. At the end of the exercise the crews meet at the Rural shed for a debrief and refreshments.
Around 15 trucks took part with over 40 volunteers gaining valuable experience in working together.