The crews over in Western Australia have had some pretty difficult conditions over the last few days – but this one is certainly something different. The crew from Dunsborough Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade turned out to a re-ignition of a previous fire and arrived to find an area of bush alight – in the howling wind and rain!

The high winds had funneled down a log which had been still smouldering 8 days after being soaked last time, and got going hot enough to spread into the wet leaf litter. The rain was horizontal, and the wind was strong enough to force us to lean into it.

A 7am start this morning to a roadside fire on Marrinup Rd. This one appeared to have been a re-ignition of the fire from last weekend. The high winds had funneled down a log which had been still smouldering 8 days after being soaked last time, and got going hot enough to spread into the wet leaf litter. The rain was horizontal, and the wind was strong enough to force us to lean into it. Yallingup Rural arrived and helped us black out, and we were back at the Station at 10am.

Posted by Dunsborough Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade on Saturday, 5 May 2018

That’s windy…

A servere weather warning had been issued for the area for strong winds ahead of a cold front and as Murphy’s law dictates, this fire was right on top of a ridge.

We had a triangular road sign out to warn drivers. It took off down the road and we had to send a guy chasing it!

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