Over three days and nights from 10th to 12th January, Yallingup Rural firefighters, as part of a combined City of Busselton Taskforce, assisted in fighting a blaze burning out of control in the Preston National Park in the Shire of Donnybrook/ Balingup.
The fire has burnt thousands of hectares of forest, farmland and plantations. It took a combined effort from Volunteer Fire Brigades across the South West and beyond, DBCA, DFES and Local Governments to finally bring the blaze under control.
The challenging conditions meant firefighters were very busy containing and controlling the fire, protecting properties and stopping the spread. In addition, Brigade Captain / FCO Matt Muir had his hands full with the role of Taskforce Leader / Sector Commander for two consecutive days.
Matt said, “It was an amazing effort and teamwork by all the volunteers in the South West to get the job done as safely as possible. Many of the firefighters travelled every day from a distance to assist.”