National Park Fire

At 17.15 on the evening of Tuesday 25th April crews were paged to a bush fire at Panorama Point. The call was activated by our Auxiliary colleagues already at the fire scene. The fire, as often at the Point, was in the National Park and the Auxiliaries were not able to get access through the locked gate. Rural appliances TM41 and TM51 responded and gained access. A total of 11 volunteer firefighters attended.

The fire burnt about 3 hectares and was on a very steep slope. The slope was strewn with small, loose rocks which made staying upright difficult in daylight and even harder in the dark. The first objective was to prevent the fire reaching and running into a deep gully to the north. That was successfully achieved by direct attack on the fire front with hoses. The Auxiliaries attacked the other side of the fire – mainly with hand tools. As result of the combined effort the fire was blacked out by 19.21 and all firefighters returned to their respective stations.

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