Live wire sparks blaze

Firefighters clean up after this week’s Glen Forrest blaze. Pictures: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d396670
Firefighters clean up after this week’s Glen Forrest blaze. Pictures: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d396670

The fire began near Hardy Road about 2pm and burnt out about 30ha of bushland.

Despite DFES initially warning the blaze was fast moving and potentially life threatening, 150 volunteer and career firefighters moved swiftly to contain it.

Property damage was contained to a boat, trailer, water tank and minor structural damage to few houses.

DFES spokesperson Allen Gale said if the wind had been stronger, or temperatures any higher, homes and lives would have been at greater risk. He said flames reached staggering heights of 20m and spread quickly by jumping from tree to tree.

‘It was an incredibly courageous effort by our firefighters,’ he said.

‘They worked tirelessly around the clock to ensure the fire was contained.’

Three water-bombing helicopters flew close to fire fronts, threatening homes on Newric Road, Glen Forrest Drive and Jellicoe Road.

The aircrane, two fixed-wing water bombers and the air intelligence helicopter also assisted ground crews.

‘We are pleased with the efforts of residents and the fire and rescue service,’ Mr Gale said. ‘The fact that it could have been a lot worse reinforces the need for locals to keep on high alert during the next two months.’