On the afternoon of 26th August a page came calling the Brigade to a wildfire at 66 Cedar Creek Falls Road. This property is on the southern edge of the Palm Grove section of the Tamborine NP. The approximate extent of the fire is shown on the map. TM51 was first on scene with John H (TM2) as OIC. John realised the serious threat posed by the fire in the very dry conditions and called for additional resources. As the map shows there is a nearby house which was vulnerable. Fortunately the wind was light.
TM52 and TM41 arrived plus two members in their own cars to make a total of 10;
John H (OIC), Roger, Greg, Donna, Kent, Paris, Geoff R, Geoff S, Barry and Tony. Led by Kent and Paris, immediate action to contain the fire was taken by running out 200 metres of layflat along the power line reservation in steep and difficult terrain to the far end of the fire. There they pinched out the fire-front with TM52 working towards them from the opposite side. TM41 gave protection around the house.
This work took a lot of water with several refills being needed. Like an angel of mercy Mark Doble of Birnam arrived with their 6,000 litre tanker, ER71, and gave our trucks ample water. He happened to be at Birnam Station, heard the Firecom calls and forthwith took the initiative to come and help us. RFS cooperation at its very best!
Thanks to prompt and purposeful action by all concerned the fire was contained and then totally blacked out. Had it been allowed to get away we would have had a large fire in inaccessible country – akin to that at Lamington NP Road last year. That started with a small event which was not promptly contained and so spread over many hundreds of hectares, burnt for days and needed help from multiple brigades. For this fire the timely 000 call and our members rapid and resourceful response made all the difference.
The fire began because those in the house decided to do a little local burning off. This got beyond their control – but they do deserve credit for then calling 000 and not letting the situation get worse. Happily, it was within TMRFB’s area and so action was as prompt as the call.