Timing and quick response save Doolans Plain fire

Timing and quick response save Doolans Plain fire

It was a case of ‘right place, right time’ and a speedy response on Sunday April 8, when two Forest Fire Management Victoria officers were patrolling in a remote part of the Carey State Forest, at Doolans Plain, about 30 kilometres north-east of Licola.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Chris Stephenson said: “The two officers received the report of a fire and were able to respond rapidly as they were in a G Wagen only a few kilometres away.”

“This was very fortunate, as the fire, started by an unattended escaped campfire, was already running fast and had enormous potential in Sunday’s warm and windy weather conditions,” Mr Stephenson said.

“The quick response and a lot of focused hard work contained the fire to a small size and stopped it spreading further into the bush until air support arrived.

“If they had not been close by, this fire could have taken off and run rapidly through State forest and the nearby Alpine National Park – this was a very fortunate situation and reinforces the message, again about the importance of vigilance with campfires.

“People must stay with their campfire at all times and extinguish it properly and completely with plenty of water before leaving their campsite.

“In this case, the people responsible returned to the site after realising what hagd happened when a firefighting helicopter was circling above them.

“They were questioned by the Authorised Officers who had contained the fire, and one man was later served with two infringement notices totalling $952.”

Please don’t let your campfire become a bushfire – watch it all the time and put it out properly before you leave it.

Forest,  Fire and Regions | Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

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