Whipped up good scare

Burn-offs in win­ter now pay­ing off

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

AS FIRE­FIGHT­ERS con­tained a fire at Good­wood on Mon­day af­ter­noon, gusts of winds whipped a willy-willy into the path of an on­com­ing car­a­van.

The driver stopped just in time to see the phe­nom­e­non cross the road, while firies were thank­ful it didn’t spark another blaze.

NEVER un­der­es­ti­mate the im­por­tance of haz­ard re­duc­tion burns.

Lo­cal fire­fight­ers counted their bless­ings after they fought a blaze at Good­wood on Mon­day.

The fire closed Good­wood Rd for lit­tle more than an hour as fire­fight­ers bat­tled

Good­wood first of­fi­cer Richard Greatorex

It could’ve been much worse.

strong gusts of winds that threat­ened to reignite the fire.

Good­wood Fire Bri­gade first of­fi­cer Richard Greatorex said he didn’t know how it started, but ad­mit­ted it could have been much worse had it not been for haz­ard re­duc­tion burn­ing ear­lier this year.

“For­tu­nately we did some haz­ard re­duc­tion burns about five months ago,” he said.

“If that was still as big as it was, it could’ve been much worse.”

A large gum tree had to be cut down as a fire proved too tough to fight from the ground, while a large willy-willy hurled ash and dirt across the road.

In all it took six trucks – two each from Good­wood and Woodgate, one from Childers and another from Parks and Wildlife – about six hours to fully ex­tin­guish the blaze.

“The fire jumped Good­wood Rd and we had to cut a few trees down,” the first of­fi­cer said.

“We saw a lit­tle bit of smoke to­wards the end of the day but it all went pretty well.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

FRIGHT­EN­ING SIGHT: A car­a­van nar­rowly avoids get­ting caught up in a willy-willy, cre­ated by a nearby fire, mov­ing across Good­wood Rd.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

PLAN­NING AHEAD: Fire­fight­ers credit haz­ard re­duc­tion burns with help­ing to min­imise a blaze on Good­wood Rd.

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