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Busy arvo in Sunbury
It was a busy afternoon for the Sunbury Fire Brigades, with a “double header” occurring in the early afternoon.
Just after 1pm on Thursday (27th December), Sunbury were paged for a reported house fire, and twenty seconds later, a grassfire in the centre of Sunbury. With the Pumper, Pumper-Tanker, and Diggers Rest Tanker 2 attending the house fire, Sunbury Tanker 2 attended the grassfire.
With multiple calls coming in for the grassfire just behind a very populated Canterbury Hills Estate, and with the arrival of the first Tanker, the initial wordback from Firefighter McMillan was a Not Yet Under Control, with a request to Make Tankers 6. Due to the terrain, and not being able to see the head of the fire, three additional tankers were sent into an adjoining street for possible asset protection. “We had flame heights of 1-2 meters, travelling fast in open grassland,” explains FF McMillan.
“We were very fortunate that only in the previous weeks, farmers had put in mineral earth firebreaks around the properties, protecting the bushland and houses, should a fire eventuate” explains Lieutenant Smrdelj. “Without these breaks, we would still be chasing it now.”
And with these breaks, although the fire was 7Ha in size, it’s spread was held up from crossing into bushland east of the township, as well as protecting a number of houses.
Appliances onscene were;
Sunbury - Tanker 1, Tanker 2, Pumper-Tanker, Car.
Diggers Rest – Tanker 1, Tanker 2, Car.
Bulla – Tanker 1.
Clarkefield – Tanker 2.
Gisborne – Tanker 1.
Macedon – Tanker 1.
Riddells Creek – Tanker, Car.
Toolern Vale – Tanker 1.
Wildwood – Tanker 1, Ultralight.
The Incident Controller for this fire with Lieutenant Amanda Smrdelj from Sunbury Fire Brigade.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Victoria Police.
Images by Blair Dellemijn – CFA Photographer.