Two Rural crews were sent to the Gregory and Ellis State Forest fires in the Shire of Nannup Sunday. The fire had been reported the previous afternoon and was the result of a prescribed burn carried out a month earlier, according to Parks and Wildlife, which was managing the fire.
After five hours of blacking out
The first crew, consisting of Andy, Emma, Leisha and Mark P along with driver Kim Standish from Coastal left at 11 and after a briefing at the control unit on Brockman Highway spent the day blacking out in rough, hilly, burnt out forest in hot conditions. After a lunch break they continued on until 6 when they were relieved by the second crew, consisting of Bevan, Carlo (welcome back), Mike and Noel.
That crew had left the Dunsborough fire shed at 4:30pm with crews from Duns and Vasse.
They eventually started mopping up at 9pm, working alongside a crew from Cowaramup. Along with mopping up they used their drafting skills to fill two other trucks. They finished mopping up at midnight, departed Incident Control around 12:30am and finally left a clean (note to Steveo) 4.4 in the shed at 2:20am.
There will be a comprehensive bushfire preparedness information session Saturday morning at 9:30, Junee Place, off Glover Road, in Yallingup Siding.
Officials from DFES, the City of Busselton and brigade members will be attending. It will provide up to date information on bushfire preparedness for both property and people. Be there to find out how to make your property safer.
Less than two hours after training, Tuesday evening, the Brigade was called on to use its new and rediscovered skills in putting out a private burn-off that threatened property and adjacent land.
All three trucks were called out immediately with Duncan and Emma on the Light Tanker, Andy, Steveo and Kevin on the 1.4 and Douglas, Bevan and David B on the 2.4. Mike, Pete and Tony also turned up, joining FCOs Fish and Chris. Fortunately there was little wind, but the fire had got up, into the trees, making the process more complicated. By midnight, three hours later, the fire was out.
There were a number of fires throughout the district Tuesday, which coincided with the last day of burning without a permit and the Melbourne Cup.
Fire Permits are required from this Wednesday, November 2. They are issued by the local Fire Control Officers (FCOs). Background information is available on the City of Busselton website here . Contact details for the Yallingup Rural fire district FCOs are available by clicking on the Fire Permits tab on the menu at the top of the website page or by clicking here. From December 15, all fires are prohibited.
For all of those concerned about the approaching fire season and wanting more information about what you can do to prepare, i.e., all of us; come to the Bush Fire Ready Information Session, Saturday November 19 on Junee Place (off Glover Road), Yallingup Siding. You’ll find out how to get up to date information during a bushfire, how to prepare your property, how to develop a bush fire survival plan, and lots more. It starts at 9:30.
And if all this is stressing you out, come to the Caves House Brigade Fund-Raiser this Friday from 6pm for some good music for a good cause. (We promise not to talk about fires-unless asked!)
Twenty four hours later, the Dunsborough and Rural brigades were called back to the scene of Friday’s fire off Biddle Road. Smouldering embers from a tall Marri are believed to have reignited the fire.
Dunsborough’s two Light Tankers were first on the scene, followed by our on-loan 2.4 with Steveo and Andy. The 1.4 was subsequently called out with Douglas and Bevan. Mike and Tony also turned up. FCOs Fish and Chris were calling the shots. It took three hours to blackout the area as the fire had got into a number of taller trees.
In response to the many queries, the main act at the brigade’s fund raiser this Friday at Caves House is Cape Sun with Marie Johanna McSweeney and Bob Thomas. More information here.
The Brigade was called out Friday afternoon to stop a burn escaping. Various volunteers from Rural, Coastal and Dunsborough turned up first, including Pete with the BFR pump trailer. The first truck on the scene was the Dunsborough Light Tanker, followed by Emma with our Light Tanker and John driving the 1.4. Dunsborough’s 4.4 supplied water.
The brigade spent about two hours blacking out the fire. Also in attendance were FCO Fish, Mitch, Andy, Noel, Joe, David and Tony.
On a lighter note, Caves House next Friday night (Nov. 4) from 6pm is raising money for the Brigade, with live music. Be there to show you care.