Quick-thinking gets edge on blaze
KIM Morris would do anything to save her Tungamull home.
With not even a wink of sleep yesterday she continued a round-the-clock vigil that included grabbing the end of a rural fire service hose and helping in any way she could.
Her Tranquil Valley Road property near Keppel Sands was one of 10 properties under threat from a raging grassfire which covered an area of about 3000 hectares.
The fire started on Sunday afternoon and immediately required the services of 14 fire vehicles.
Yesterday 30 firefighters had to endure steep, undulating country to protect properties like Kim's.
Incident controller inspector Laurie Colgrave described one house as a “death trap”, but the house was able to be saved by the quick-thinking firefighters who managed to back-burn away from the property.
The Tungamull area was waterbombed late yesterday, but inspector Colgrave said he expected the fire to continue burning for a day or two more.
“We are concerned about the wind and wind directions, but the threat was mitigated by the afternoon,” he said.
A bushfire at Belmont Road, Parkhurst, was also waterbombed yesterday in an effort to protect three properties in the area.
Six crews were fighting what was described as a large grassfire which began around 2pm.
The many fires in Mount Morgan, which have been burning for more than a week, were also quickly moving east, and a large fire was located in the forest around Mount Dick.
Rural operations manager John Fisher said firefighters had put a fire line south of Mount Dick to contain the fire and to stop it progressing north and south along the range.
The fire was being pushed by strong west-south-westerly winds and moving towards houses on Upper Ulam Road, Goodsall Road and Cowie Road.
Yesterday a very high bushfire alert was issued for residents in the Archer Ulam area, south-east of Mount Morgan to prepare them to enact their bushfire plans.
Mr Fisher said he was amazed no properties were lost on Sunday night as one fire burnt between houses near Poison Creek road and Razorback.
“It took a fantastic effort by rural firefighters to get that done,” he said.
“It was a pretty difficult place to protect properties.”
The fire ban will remain in place until midnight Monday, October 5.
The Rural Fire Service has put a ban on the lighting of all fires including permit fires.