Upon arrival, heavy smoke and fire was showing necessitating the request for police to block
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.