Fire sea­son is far from los­ing mo­men­tum

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

THERE have been some days where the Woodlea Ru­ral Fire Brigade has re­ceived mul­ti­ple call-outs at the same time so far this sea­son.

And ac­cord­ing to the brigade’s first of­fi­cer Jesse Rus­sell, the large fires will con­tinue un­til con­di­tions dras­ti­cally change.

“Without ques­tion, this fire sea­son is no where near los­ing mo­men­tum,” he said.

“It’s ab­so­lutely vi­tal peo­ple are vig­i­lant when it comes to con­duct­ing haz­ard re­duc­tion burns and us­ing elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances out­side such as welders and slash­ers.”

Mem­bers from the Woodlea RFB at­tended a veg­e­ta­tion fire at Ma Ma Creek on Satur­day, with a sec­tion of the fire ren­dered in­ac­ces­si­ble.

“Tricky ter­rain al­ways poses a chal­lenge for us, but we had some fan­tas­tic brigades work­ing along side us to get the fire un­der con­trol,” Mr Rus­sell said.

Also at­tend­ing the Ma Ma Creek fire were new re­cruits Patrick Mc­carthy and Kristie Smith.

Ms Smith be­came a vol­un­teer fire­fighter about three months ago, and has since been on a num­ber of call outs.

“It was dev­as­tat­ing be­cause it’s peo­ple’s homes un­der threat,” she said.

“It was ter­ri­ble hot and dry con­di­tions.”

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

MIS­SION READY: Woodlea Ru­ral Fire Brigade re­cruits Patrick Mc­carthy and Kristie Smith.

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