AT the height of the Brawboy fire on the weekend, there were 20 fire trucks, 70 fire fighters, three aircraft and bulldozers and other heavy equipment trying to tame a fire that had a perimeter of 36 kilometres and ultimately burnt through more than 3,000 hectares.
The fire is now under control and continues to be monitored by local crews.
Andrew Luke, superintendent zone manager for Liverpool Range Rural Fire Service praised local crews and the community for doing an amazing job and ensuring a fire of that size did not destroy any homes, sheds or vehicles or injure anyone.
“They have been able to contain the fire over the weekend with the assistance of aircraft and at this stage with the prevailing weather conditions we are not expecting it to pose any threats to people or property but the patrol work will be ongoing for a while yet,” said Mr Luke.
“It was a very large fire that has taken a lot of effort to try and control and very reflective of the dry conditions that we are currently working within,” he said.
“We are not entirely sure exactly where it started, we have the fire investigation team working to determine where it has started.
“It was absolutely amazing that crews and the community have worked together to save properties, houses and sheds from the fire, we’ve had no reported loss of property in terms of vehicles, sheds or houses, we’ve had no report of injury or loss of life and obviously while there is a lot of grazing land that has been damaged by fire and no doubt many kilometres of fencing all of those things are less significant than injuries to people.
“Back to the old clichés, but it is so true, ‘many hands make light work’ and all of the crews giving their time right across the area and large numbers of hazard reduction burns that we are supporting at the moment to reduce fuel hazards ahead of next year’s fire season and they are rolling straight from hazard reduction burns straight into fires…If people have thought about being part of a team to go and protect their local community we are always keen to hear from them,” Andrew Luke said.
To be part of a team protecting your local community from bushfires call the Liverpool Range area to be put in touch with your nearest Rural Fire Service crew T: 1800 081 166