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Smokey Sunbury

Posted by Blair Dellemijn CFA Member
Wednesday, 07 December 2011

At around 4pm today (7 December), Sunbury and Diggers Rest Brigades were paged to a reported grass and scrub fire on Vineyard Road, Sunbury.

Upon arrival, heavy smoke and fire was showing necessitating the request for police to block Vineyard Road, the main thoroughfare for Sunbury.

Due to the thick smoke impairing vision on roadways for motorists and as well as the close proximity of the fire to houses, the Incident Controller requested CFA send out an ‘Advice’ message through the Incidents page on the CFA website and through other digital media outlets to allay any fears residents may have about the fire.

An additional number of tankers were requested due to the severity of the fire and the unstable ground that the fire was travelling through. The decision to start a small backburn was made so that the fire would eventually burn itself out once it hit the already burnt out areas. A Slip-On was requested to aid in the final blacking out once the head of the fire was extinguished.

Appliances onscene were;

Sunbury – Tanker 1, Tanker 2, Pumper-Tanker, Car, Ute.

Diggers Rest – Tanker 1, Tanker 2, Car.

Greenvale – Pumper, Tanker.

Wildwood – Tanker 1.

Gisborne – Tanker 1.

Bulla – Tanker 1.

Clarkefield – Tanker 1, Tanker 2.

Riddells Creek – Tanker.

Toolern Vale – Slip On.

The OIC of this incident was Station Officer Hennessy from Sunbury Fire Brigade.

The last appliance left the incident at approximately 8pm.

Pictures by Blair Dellemijn – CFA Strategic Communications.

Last modified on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 16:21
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Martin Anderson
written by Martin Anderson, December 07, 2011
Great photos Blair - Especially number 2. Well done to all crews on scene.
Keith Pakenham
written by Keith Pakenham, December 07, 2011
Top images Blair, the grass fire alerts are on-the-ball
Andrew Duncan
written by Andrew Duncan, December 08, 2011
Another fantastic set of shots Blair especially No 2 now there is a prizewinner ( well I would love a copy anyway)
Alicia Tindall
written by Alicia Tindall, December 08, 2011
Great photos Blair smilies/smiley.gif
Keith Cooper
written by Keith Cooper, December 10, 2011
Did I see some crew members wearing structural gear? They would have been d**n hot doing that sort of work in structural gear.
tom morley
written by tom morley, December 17, 2011
Top job to all involved, text book back burn.
Interesting how quickly a tanker can become stranded when on perceived hard looking ground. I hope we get better at NOT wearing structural gear designed for internal attack, at grass fires.
Great photos.

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