Controlling an out-of-control burn

November 10, 2017

A planned burn got out of control at Bamawm on Wednesday

ABOUT 70 hay bales were destroyed when a planned burn got out of control at Bamawm Extension on Wednesday.

Bamawm Extension Fire Brigade were called to a property just after 3pm where the rapidly-spreading fire was threatening properties and a hay shed.

Five trucks attended and fast-acting firefighters used jackets and blankets to rescue the infrastructure, stopping the fire from spreading to the hay shed and nearby properties.

Bamawm Extension captain George Calleja said there had been an increase this season in callouts for planned burns that had then got out of control.

“We were very lucky this fire didn’t do any damage to the hay shed or the houses — it could have been a lot worse,” he said.

“The fast-acting first responders saved a lot of damage,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a great save by all involved.

“Right now conditions are pretty risky, it is so dry and people just don’t seem to realise just how quickly these things can get out of hand, even if you think you have planned everything.

“We need everyone to be vigilant and stop things like this happening.”

On Sunday about 13ha of grassland was also destroyed after another out of control burn-off at Lockington.

Tankers from Lockington, Bamawm, Tennyson, Pine Grove and Kotta were called to the fire in Strathallan Rd about 5pm.

Lockington CFA captain Eric Bloomfield said it took 14 firefighters until about 8.30pm to control the fire.

Although fire restrictions have not come into force, Mr Bloomfield also urged landowners to be careful when burning off.

‘‘Make sure you have enough water and check the conditions,’’ he said.

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