Curtis Rd Burn

Barnah Grass burnoff

Barnah Grass burnoff

A likely bunch! Grai, Paris and Greg.

A likely bunch! Grai, Paris and Greg.

On Sunday, 18th August at 1500 members gathered at the Station for the burn of bamboo-like grass at 76 Curtis Road. The burn area is shown in translucent red on the map. It is about 160 metres long and from 10 to 20 metres wide.

 

16 members were present including a very welcome return of Brigade stalwart Tony Edwards. (Tony received an award at the recent ceremony to open our new Station.)

 

Present were: Roger (TM1 and Incident Controller), John H, Greg, Malcolm, Maria, Keith, Tony E, Neil, Don, Barry, Grai, Jaap, Val, Geoff R, Robbo and Geoff S. In addition there were six Auxiliaries led by Danny Edser and also a team from Birnam with their 7,000 litre Rural Ops 4 (ER71) tanker led by Mark Dobell.

 

We took all four trucks with full complements. Wind was ideal with about 3 km from the East at the start of operations at 1600 rising to about 10 km by the end at 1730. We placed ‘Smoke Hazard’ signs on Curtis Road.

 

The burn started from the southern end around the shed as shown on the map. A copious amount of water was sprayed on the shed to protect it. The grass was still very green and succulent with plants around 5 metres high. The dead rubbish burnt off very well and the main plants were substantially reduced. It took about an hour for the burn, using drip torches, to reach the far (northern) end of the site. The trucks, with hoses in action or at the ready, moved across the grass to the north as the burn progressed.

 

At half time Geoff R (VCE leader) provided all the crews with excellent scones, jam and cream, superfluous to a VCE presentation at the Station. Top move!

 

By 1730 we had made up, the owner said he was very pleased with the result and we refilled with water from the Birnam tanker. TM1 thanked all those present and we returned to the Station, still in daylight, after a very useful afternoon.

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