A recent spate of fires over the last 2 weeks has kept Rural Fire Brigades on the hop with up to 25 fire incidents active State wide at any given time during the day. High temperatures, low humidity and strong winds have made for fast moving large fires.
A few of them in particular became rather worrying at the speed with which they took hold. While most of these were out of our area, one was at the bottom of the Mountain at Cedar Creek Rd,Cedar Creek.
1 bulldozer 2 helicopters and a large number of Urban and Rural fire-fighting vehicles contained the fire only for it to flare up again the next day.
When the fire started there was a northerly wind of about 20kph. If it wasn’t for the wind direction changing and quick action by fire-fighters, this fire would have been on our doorstep as it would have continued up towards the Mountain.
Our Brigade had 2 fire-fighting vehicles attend on the first day to assist,and we also sent down a 3rd vehicle which we have stored at our station, Beaudesert Logan 91. This vehicle is a Command & Control vehicle for Incident Management,and as it was only picked up that very morning it was put to very effective use that afternoon!
During recent discussion with my opposite number in the Auxiliaries, Captain Peter Mason, he has advised that no fire permits will be issued until such time as we have had sufficient rainfall. We are also asking people NOT to burn off even though you may not need a permit. The reason is that many areas around the Mountain are extremely combustible after one of the driest Octobers on record. Peter and I are concerned that an unwanted ember from someone burning off could create a catastrophe.
Ensure there is a cleared area around your house as a buffer zone as well as it giving access to a fire truck. That overgrown driveway could be a life saving hazard if we are called to your place in an emergency.And please,now is the time to check your fire alarm’s batteries and clean your gutters. Stay safe.