Western Escarpment Fire

9 November 2005 1426.

Two crews responded to a pager call to a grass fire on the western shelf opposite the showgrounds. The fire was burning on about one acre of ground on the edge of the western escarpment. One crew knocked down the southern flank which was progressing unimpeded through light scrub with the assistance of a stiff north-easterly wind.  The other crew used knapsacks and hoses to mop-up smouldering logs and undergrowth along the western and northern flanks which threatened to roll over the escarpment and ignite the lower bushland. Firefighting was made extremely hazardous by the necessity to work close to and on the edge of the western cliffs. Standdown 1715.

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