The commissioning of the recently installed fire mitigation works and infrastructure for the Wardan Aboriginal Center at Injidup was held last Saturday. Support and funding for the improvements were provided by Lotterywest, the City of Busselton and the Injidup Resident’s Association.
YRVBFB representatives are pictured above with (left) Professor Peter Klinken, AM, WA Chief Scientist and Chair, Lotterywest Board and (right) Bill Webb, First Nation Elder and Custodian of the Wardan Aboriginal Centre.
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 hard to contain/control the fire before it could jump 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