Wyatt Rd fire

Wyatt Road_600x420The fire known as Wyatt Road started from a dry lightning strike in an inaccessible valley within the area shown on the map. It was first spotted by a low-flying light aircraft. No immediate action was taken because of inaccessibility and in the hope that the fire would self-extinguish. It did no such thing and eventually covered approximately an area of some 1,600 hectares shown on the map enclosed by the red line. The red line also shows the combination of tracks, pre-existing and bulldozed, which contained the fire and gave access to it. The difficult, north-western section of the track was designated as “light attack only”. In fact, a light attack had earlier slid off the track and rolled onto its side – fortunately with no one being hurt. It was recovered by bulldozer.
The ICC was in a palatial farm shed at 348 Wyatt Road as shown on the map. The access from Wyatt Road is also shown as a white line. The responsible brigade is Woodhill with Jimboomba to the East next closest. Flinders Peak (locale of the the Washpool Road fire which we also attended) lies about 10 km to the West..
Our Brigade was called to help and provided a series of crews who did a lot of hard work. Greg, Donna and Maria led off on Saturday morning with Roger and Paul doing a long back-burning shift over Saturday evening and Sunday morning. During Sunday John H and Don did sterling work especially chain-sawing burning trees. The final was Geoff S and Robbo with TM41 on Monday. Using Geoff’s Tom-Tom app on his phone we had an ideal 40-minute run there and back. At the ICC we were partnered with W42 and J42. The anxiety was that the strong wind accompanying the SE change about midday might set the fire going again.
After an initial recce of the whole track, about 18 km around, we set off to black out comprehensively. We went round anti-clockwise while J42 and W42 went clockwise. We blacked out various stumps and fallen, burning trees and did some light chainsawing to clear the way. At 1430 we rendezvoused at the ICC and after a chat and a nibble returned home – filling with water and diesel on the way.
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