Con­trolled burn at Gre­gory River

Weather de­lays Gre­gory River Ru­ral Fire Brigade burn-off

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

WEATHER has de­layed the large-scale con­trol burn con­ducted by vol­un­teers of the Gre­gory River fire ser­vice.

Gre­gory River Fire Unit sec­re­tary David Wil­son said Bun­gadoo RFB as­sisted Gre­gory River RFB at a large-scale burn by the Isis Hwy.

“This burn was in a high risk area with a high fuel load, so a cooler burn ap­proach was in or­der,

“Lots of hard work was done by crews from Bur­nett Heads, Wallav­ille, Good­wood, Bingera Weir, Woodgate, and Forestry man­age­ment,” Mr Wil­son said.

Fire­fight­ers had a suc­cess­ful day at the burn near the Isis Hwy south of the Bur­nett River.

With al­most 160 hectares cleared, the ru­ral fire ser­vice is ex­pect­ing to have the burn com­pleted in the com­ing days.

Mr Wil­son said weather per­mit­ting, he would ex­pect to re­turn for at least one more day, to fo­cus on the last 40 hectares.

“The vol­un­teers in­volved in the mas­sive con­trol burn saw units from Good­wood, Bur­nett Heads and Bun­gadoo all as­sist­ing the team from Gre­gory River,” he said.

He said it was a chal­leng­ing job for the fire ser­vice as vol­un­teers needed to be aware of the risks in­volved.

“With lim­ited num­bers of vol­un­teers, co-or­di­nat­ing and hav­ing enough hands is an­other chal­lenge,” he said.

Mr Wil­son said mo­torists trav­el­ling the Isis Hwy needed to be alert to the smoke drift­ing across the road.

The ru­ral fire ser­vice is in need of new vol­un­teers and en­cour­ages res­i­dents to con­sider sign­ing up.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

CHAL­LENG­ING JOB: Gre­gory River Ru­ral Fire Brigade took part in the con­trol burn near the Isis Hwy.

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