Fires Do Happen in Winter!
The end of winter saw
gale force winds and power lines down in many areas. But for
Tallong, this horrid weather event caused a fallen power line
which initiated a blaze, 14kms out of the village on a newly
subdivided block of historic Caoura Station.
The "000" call was made mid-morning by the linesmen of
Country Energy after locating the fallen line. Response times by
the Tallong Rural Fire Brigade were rapid The main tanker manned
by Fire Captain Kevin Roberts and team member Ian Palk, were
first on the scene to assess the extent of the blaze. Marulan
Rural Fire Brigade was alerted by Control to standby.
Other members of Tallong Brigade were quick to arrive
at the scene. Since the blaze was being fanned by gale force
winds and dangerously close to the National Park, the Marulan
Rural Fire Brigade were soon dispatched for backup. Quick work by
the Tallong Brigade soon saw the blaze under control. Many thanks
to Marulan R. F. B. for their help in assessing that the blaze
was definitely extinguished, a very important (although not
adrenaline rushing) aspect of finishing up at the scene after a
A potential disaster was effectively stopped in its
tracks by the fast response times and expertise of our brave and
dedicated volunteer Fire Brigade. The blaze was stopped within
500 metres of the Morton National Park, quite a feat in the gale
The Tallong fire was a shock reminder that fires do
occur and burn well in winter. If the fire had reached Morton
National Park last Saturday, there would've been no stopping it
before it reached Nowra, the firemen said.
*50 acres of grassed pasture burned.
*Thirteen personnel in attendance contributing 48 man hours.
*Three category one tankers and one category nine
Tallong's new Rapid Response Unit proved itself
The Tallong Brigade returned to base to a welcome
(although late) alfresco lunch. Captain Roberts (a man of few
words) stated later that afternoon at the
"In gale force winds it was lucky the fire was