Controlled burn at Gregory River
Weather delays Gregory River Rural Fire Brigade burn-off
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.
CHALLENGING JOB: Gregory River Rural Fire Brigade took part in the control burn near the Isis Hwy.