January 2022 was a month of action for Yallingup Rural so we are playing catch up with posts to News/Events. The fire started in Curtis Bay on 10th January, spread to Meelup and was heading on to Eagle Bay but it was able to be contained at Wise Winery.
Because the fire started at night it was not possible to call in air support and the ground crews were faced with the full challenge of containment. Firefighters worked extremely well to contain / control the fire before it jumped Cape Naturaliste Rd / Eagle Bay Rd
Fortunately, the efforts were successful and, although there was extensive damage to the bush, no property damage was sustained.
Captain Matt Muir praised what was a huge effort by the crews at Yallingup Rural, other local Brigades from the City of Busselton and other agencies and Brigades that came to assist from other areas. “It was an amazing collaborative feat considering the fuel loads, topography and time of the fire,” he said. “Everyone should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves and all got in to get the job done in making the community safe”
We haven’t reported on ALL the call-outs in December because of the workload and we don’t always have time to collect photo shots when the crews are on the fireground. As was feared, December was a pretty busy time and we are adding as the last post for 2021, the tree, grass and scrub fire at Puzey Road, Wilyabrup. The fire was contained and extinguished.
The Calgardup fire was a tough day at the office for members of Yallingup Rural who joined with over 200 firefighters from our sister brigades to battle the flames which devastated many hectares of prime karri forest.
As at 27th December 2021, DFES advice is that the fire is contained and under control with no threat to lives or homes. All-important blackout operations have been conducted but there is some re-ignition in pockets so it is essential to stay alert in case the situation changes.
Night shots from the fireground
View south from Redgate Road late Wednesday night before the wind changed from the south to the North.
View from the Yallingup Rural 4.4 cabin during back burning operation on the north end of the Calgardup fire, early Thursday morning.
DAYTIME: Difficult terrain bogging Yallingup Rural truck; Recovery operation with heavy tracked machinery
Essential blacking out work at around 5:30 am on Thursday morning
Some shots of the extensive devastation caused by the fire
On Tuesday 16th November, five brigades came together in one of the region’s largest training exercises. Appliances and volunteers from Yallingup Rural, Yallingup Coastal, Dunsborough, Metricup, and Wilyabrup converged on Will’s Domain Winery for briefing and despatch. More than 50 personnel attended from the five brigades and were deployed for the evening into two sectors, November and Bravo, practising radio communication. and frequent relocations to different locations and zones running out layflat hoses and discharging water to protect assets. Additional incidents were introduced to test the participants, including a simulated burnover in which a truck and crew are faced with intense fire and have to close down the truck into survival mode to survive. The Yallingup Rural Auxiliary members were also in attendance ensuring water refills for the trucks.
This exercise complemented a number of controlled hazard reduction burns earlier in the month including around Meelup and Vasse Siding. These controlled situations also provide essential opportunities for firefighters to hone their skills for call-out situations. Some of the colourful shots from those exercises are shown below.
Hannah and Holly Kerr are two pretty exceptional girls. Hannah (12 years) and Holly (10 years) worked weekends for two years running a little roadside stall on Wildwood Road, selling garden produce to raise funds for the local Fire Brigade, Yallingup Rural.
Proud mum and dad, Michelle and Todd, attended the brigades training night on 16th March to see the girls present $500 to the brigade. The amount raised by the girls was generously supplemented by Todd Kerr, a long-serving Brigade member, who pledged that he and Michelle would match whatever total the girls collected.
Michelle, Holly, Hannah, and Todd ; Proud dad with the girls in (big!) helmets