Lo­cal fire­fight­ers frus­trated by ig­no­rance

Alpine Observer - - News -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS have been left frus­trated af­ter an­other callout to an unat­tended burn gone wrong.

Last Thurs­day CFA crews from Myrtle­ford and Gap­sted were called to a prop­erty in McDon­ald Drive, off Buf­falo Creek Road, af­ter flames from a burn pile spread into neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties.

It was the sec­ond time in two years that the CFA had been at the same prop­erty.

Myrtle­ford CFA cap­tain Gary Gun­son said a neigh­bour ar­rived home to find his fence alight.

“What can I say – it was an un­reg­is­tered and unat­tended burn,” he said.

“The fact is at this time of year you don’t have to reg­is­ter a burn but it is good pro­to­col, good man­ners re­ally but what you can’t do is leave it unat­tended or not have the nec­es­sary fire­fight­ing equip­ment to keep it in check.

“This fire burnt into two neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties and cov­ered sev­eral acres.

“This seems to hap­pen ev­ery au­tumn and yet peo­ple just don’t get the mes­sage.”

Po­lice were also called to the fire be­cause it had been left unat­tended.

ON SCENE: Myrtle­ford CFA was the first on the scene of an unat­tended burn that es­caped into neigh­bour­ing prop­er­ties last week.

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