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Cape Otway Burn Training Camp 2014
Cape Otway Burn Training Camp Number Three
The Cape Otway Burn Camp was from 21 to 23 March 2014.
Several burns were planned for the week, but we only managed three days of burning because of rain. The burning we carried out was very successful not only for the properties involved but also for the participants at the camp.
The locations were:
Shearwater Cottages – 5 hectares
Conservation Ecology Centre – 4.5 hectares
Jack Pascoe property (Otway Estate) – 1.5 hectares
Ian Gleeson property (Otway Park) – 0.5 hectares
On these properties the burn objectives were met, with an average of 75 per cent fuel reduction across the burn blocks.
Also the week provided training opportunities such as:
- Lighting patterns
- Sector commander roles
- Crew leader roles
- Fuel moisture training
- Weather observation training
- Fire behaviour observation
This training was conducted by Wildfire Instructors Mike Evans and Roger Strickland, who have a wealth of experience and the participants gained great training in planned burning in a controlled
environment. They observed different fire behaviour over the three days. The third day at Shearwater Cottage had the most intense fire behaviour due to the nature of fuels, which was mainly bearded heath. This can very volatile when the conditions are right for it to burn.
Some interesting notes from the week:
Camp Accommodation – Bimbi Park – Cape Otway
Personnel – average of 19 people per day attended the camp
Catering supplied by Bimbi Park
Camp ran for three days
Support from D6 Operation Staff, Training Department, CFA HQ Vegetation
Management Team and HQ staff, local CFA volunteers and brigades, outer area brigades
These camps would not be possible or a success without the support of District 6 Operational Staff and Training Department as well as great support from the HQ’s team and also from Chief Officer Euan
Ferguson and Deputy Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic.
Also a big thanks to the volunteers who make the time to come and participate on many levels. Without this commitment the camps would not be the success that they area.
Planning is underway for the 2015 Burn Training Camp, which will also be held at Cape Otway. There will be some improvements made to maximise the week to benefit all who participate.
Job well done by all.