9/11/14 We didn’t start out thinking that this fire some 10Kms away was much of a threat to us, as indeed it did turn out to be. The main hot & fast fire front came past, just over the ridge from the back of our block, only being kept at bay from us by the dedicated Volunteer Rural Firefighters. During daylight there was a relentless bombardment of water from choppers & crop-dusters. Unbelievable! We were treated to some very low flying, coordinated fly-bys of multiple aircraft simultaneously, all of which prevented the fire front ripping right thru us. We have one of 8, 10 acre blocks in a row, the first 2 properties were burnt to the backyard area of their houses. If the fire wasn’t stopped at an easement 2 blocks over, they’d have been fighting it on our driveway next.
We had a plan that, before we were trapped on our own land we’d leave, and that’s what we thought was going to happen, so we escaped to friends close by at 12:30am. The RFSQ did manage to stop the fire in the early hours of Sunday morning, at the back boundary of our block 100mt behind our shed, and at the easement 2 blocks over 200mt away. However as Sunday’s strong winds sprang up, a spot fire sparked up on the side ridge close by, looking quite nasty and threatening, but again the volunteers and aerial attack was relentless all day, the fire finally succumbed and fortunately we were not impacted. We were affected personally both physically and mentally, but our property and assets are in tact.
If we didn’t have a Rural Fire Service, we couldn’t live rural like we do, no one would want to! Their existence makes it possible for many of us to survive here.