Smoke cov­ers re­gion

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

road tak­ing pho­tos of the spec­tac­u­lar sight.

Com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tor for the Tir­roan Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice and vol­un­teer Mike Turn­ball said the smoke in the Dough­boy area is of no threat and is un­der con­trol.

“We have been mon­i­tor­ing the fire and we are con­fi­dent there is no threat to peo­ple or homes,” Mr Turn­ball said.

The wet­ter-than-nor­mal win­ter has seen a spurt in the un­der­growth and the dense ru­ral ar­eas make it im­pos­si­ble for fire fight­ers to get through.

“We have had six units and up to 20 vol­un­teers, best guess would be around 4000 ha has burnt in four weeks.”

Mr Turn­ball said if it wasn’t for the land own­ers main­tain­ing their prop­er­ties things could have been a lot worse.

“Com­ing into fire season we want to re­mind land own­ers to to have a look at their land and give it a quick tidy up.

“Leav­ing it to the last minute is never a good idea.

“I want to con­tinue to en­cour­age res­i­dents to call triple zero (000) if they be­lieve they smell smoke or PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBUN161016FIRE see fire.

“The com­mu­nity can be con­fi­dent with the new tech­nol­ogy the ru­ral fire ser­vice has to as­sist in bat­tling fires,” Mr Turn­ball said.

The mo­bile com­mand unit has the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in maps and the in­ter­net to as­sist and can be eas­ily moved when re­quired.

The size of a maxi cab, the spa­cious in­te­rior is air­con­di­tioned, has room to work and write re­ports with print­ers, copiers and in­ter­net avail­able in­clud­ing old school CB ra­dios to help keep the com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines open and up to date.

“Every minute counts when tack­ling a fire and know­ing if and when the wind will change will make all the dif­fer­ence,”

“We can in­form our unit or call in back-up and re­sponse time is faster,” he said

The ru­ral fire ser­vice is in need of more vol­un­teers.

Mr Turn­ball said there is a place for ev­ery­one in the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice and you don't have to fight fires.

Visit ru­ral­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

RU­RAL FIRE: Mike Turn­ball says there’s no need to worry, the four-week-old fire is un­der con­trol.

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