Storm confirms need for firefighters
A CLOSE encounter with a controlled burn has highlighted why they are so important.
Eidsvold rural firefighters struggled to contain a controlled burn close to the centre of town last week.
“There was a firestorm inside the fire... and that was not expected,” local volunteer firefighter Robert Cooper said.
Mr Cooper said a firestorm was a whirlwind inside the fire that created heat so intense it lifted embers into the sky and spread fires quickly.
“If that reduction burn had not have been completed and that area went up on a hot day, we would not have been able to stop it,” Mr Cooper said.
Reduction burning of grass around homes was important for the safety of people and property at Eidsvold, he said.
“We try to burn when winds are blowing smoke away from houses and buildings, but this is not always possible,” he said.
Mr Cooper said the brigade’s local knowledge and knowledge of fire behaviour and prevention ensured the community received specialised service at all times.
The firefighters are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
They hold regular jobs within the community, such as farmers, tradies, teachers, truck drivers and nurses, and carry a pager, “downing tools” when QFRS receives a 000 call.
RED HOT: A controlled burn-off at Eidsvold became dangerous when firestorm developed inside the fire.