Pam's angels wear yellow suits
PAMELA Griffiths didn't know angels wore yellow suits until they saved her Bouldercombe house from a raging grassfire.
The 64-year-old and her husband Philip's house was one of several that came close to being burnt down as out-of-control flames tore violently through the Bouldercombe area on Thursday.
Yesterday as Pamela continued to wash her smoky curtains, she hailed firefighters as her heroes after their “calm and cool” work to fight the blaze.
“There was smoke and fire and radios going off, but it was unreal how calm these guys got the job done so quickly in a chaotic situation,” Pamela said.
“Forget Tom Cruise; firefighters are my heroes.”
At the weekend firefighters completely contained the Bouldercombe fires which started burning in Mt Morgan more than two weeks ago.
Last night 11 rural crews continued back-burning in Mt Archer National Park to prevent any properties from being threatened. Today crews will continue to monitor this fire, which started on Emu Park Road on Friday.
Late yesterday a spokesperson from the fire service said predicted showers across the region this week wouldn't do much to help with fires.
Yesterday Pamela was thankful to be in her house and that little damage was done to their property.
Pamela said she and her husband had finished helping a neighbour free her horses from the flames when Philip yelled out, “Let's go home!”
“The fire was heading straight to our house,” Pamela said.
Although she is usually the “world's worst worrier”, Pamela said everything happened so fast she didn't have time to panic.
“All of a sudden there were about four fire trucks in our yard,” she said.
She said crews used water from their pool to re-fill their tankers.
The retired aged-care worker said even though she had always thought about becoming a Queensland Fire and Rescue volunteer, after Thursday, she would definitely join.
“Even if I can help take calls or direct traffic, I want to help.”