CAVES UPDATE: The Caves Rural Fire Brigade HQ was a hive of activity preparing their counter-strategy against the fires.
CAVES UPDATE: The Caves Rural Fire Brigade HQ was a hive of activity preparing their counter-strategy against the fires. Leighton Smith

Behind the scenes of The Caves Fitzroy Rural Fire Brigade

THE air hummed with tension and nervous energy at the base of operations for The Caves fire fighting operation yesterday morning.

Weary firefighters of the Fitzroy Rural Fire Brigade were preparing to disembark for another busy day after having spent Wednesday night fighting fires threatening the local community.

Referring to a map dotted with fires spread out across a table, Senior Ranger for Queensland Parks and Wildlife and incident controller for The Caves fire, Scott Brook, was composed as he calmly delegated orders and explained what had happened the previous evening.

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CAVES UPDATE: The Caves Rural Fire Brigade HQ was a hive of activity preparing their counter-strategy against the fires that continue to burn around the area.
CAVES UPDATE: The Caves Rural Fire Brigade HQ was a hive of activity preparing their counter-strategy against the fires that continue to burn around the area. Leighton Smith

He said the fire quickly crossed the northern end of Mount Edna National Park before spreading along Limestone Ridge before engulfing the whole northern end of the national park.

"Rural crews worked particularly well to contain the fire last night and then for the rest of today we will be strengthening control lines to ensure it stays contained,” Mr Brook said.

"The fire's nice and quiet at the moment. The fire danger index is lower at the moment but we're expecting it to get up to severe today.

CAVES UPDATE: The Caves were still burning on Thursday morning.
CAVES UPDATE: The Caves were still burning on Thursday morning. Leighton Smith

"That's when things will get really busy for us and crews will be having to watch for fire fronts coming out onto their fire breaks.”

He said properties were endangered throughout Wednesday night with rural firefighters forced to back burn around houses and wet down structures.

"There were no evacuations, rural crews worked with property owners to protect the properties,” he said.

Mr Brook advised people to watch out for smoke and as soon as they saw something that concerned them, to contact 000.



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