“The fire was burning in very steep terrain,” explains SO Walsh, “so I requested air support through the RDO as well.”
With a quick size-up, and sectorisation, the fire was halted from impinging onto one house on the southern side of the gully, with additional Tankers requested to do asset protection on the northern side in case the fire jumped the creek with the high winds. Even though the grass still looked relatively green, the fire still travelled reasonably quickly into the dry patches.
With the amount of appliances making their way to the freely burning fire at the bottom of the gully, Air Support was cancelled due to crews making great headway in attacking the fire.
Appliances onscene were;
Sunbury – Tanker 1, Tanker 2, Pumper-Tanker.
Bulla – Tanker 1, Tanker 9.
Diggers Rest – Tanker 1, Car.
Clarkefield – Tanker 2.
Greenvale – Tanker 1.
Toolern Vale – Tanker 1.
Wildwood – Tanker 1.
OO Trevor Roberts
MFB – Pumper-Tanker 41, Pumper-Tanker 48, Commander Bob Undy (MFB liason).
The last appliance to leave after thoroughly blacking out the area, was some two and a half hours later.
The Incident Controller for this fire was Station Officer Jessica Walsh from Sunbury Fire Brigade. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Pictures by Blair Dellemijn – CFA Communities and Communication.