Whipped up good scare
Burn-offs in winter now paying off
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.”
FRIGHTENING SIGHT: A caravan narrowly avoids getting caught up in a willy-willy, created by a nearby fire, moving across Goodwood Rd.
PLANNING AHEAD: Firefighters credit hazard reduction burns with helping to minimise a blaze on Goodwood Rd.