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RFS firefighters saved my home

CLOSE CALL: Hamish stands at the edge of his Tuntable Creek Rd property showing how close Wednesday night’s fire came. The blanket is what he used to keep the fire at bay. Below is another picture of the fire.
CLOSE CALL: Hamish stands at the edge of his Tuntable Creek Rd property showing how close Wednesday night’s fire came. The blanket is what he used to keep the fire at bay. Below is another picture of the fire. Samantha Elley

WHEN Hamish heard the crackling of fire and smelled smoke on Wednesday he grabbed a bucket and a blanket and got to work to save his home.

The Tuntable Creek Rd resident, who asked not to have his full name published, said he immediately raced to the back boundary of his property about 3.30pm, where a fire had started to spread.

"I rushed up there and the fire had just started and so I rushed down and grabbed a blanket and a bucket of water and tried to put it out," he said.

"I soon realised that it had quickly got out of control into the grass so I raced back and rang 000."

After reporting the fire in a pocket of bush between Rose Rd and Tuntable Creek Rd, Hamish got back into it until Rural Fire Service brigades arrived.

"I went back up there and I was stamping it out trying to stop it coming down toward the front of my house and it just got out of control, within seconds it seemed."

Once the RFS arrived, he directed them to a paddock next to his property to fight the spreading blaze.

The RFS were wonderful and they quickly put out the fire and stopped the threat to my home.

This was the first bushfire for Hamish in 12 years at Tuntable Creek.

His home was one of 10 houses under threat on Wednesday night that were saved by RFS brigades from Goolmangar, Nimbin, The Channon and Dunoon.

The fire burned along the edge of Hamish's neighbour, Greg Bennett's 20ha macadamia farm.

Yesterday Mr Bennett was assisting by driving his tractor with a water tank into inaccessible areas putting out stump fires and brigades were refilling tankers from a water tank on his farm.

Hamish said living in an area susceptible to bushfires, it was vital to have a survival plan.

"I would remove door mats, plastic tables and anything else around the house that could burn," he said. "If the fire was too severe I would grab a couple of pets and just get out."

EVER PREPARED: Macadamia farmer Greg Bennett on the tractor that he used to help Rural Fire Service personnel put out spot fires. The tractor has a water tank on the back. Photo Samantha Elley/Northern Star.
EVER PREPARED: Macadamia farmer Greg Bennett on the tractor that he used to help Rural Fire Service personnel put out spot fires. The tractor has a water tank on the back. Photo Samantha Elley/Northern Star.

FIRE UPDATE

Increasing winds caused the fire to re-ignite about 3pm yesterday.

RFS brigades from The Channon and Nimbin were called to attend the fire which was burning back on an area that was burned on Wednesday.

Just after 4pm the RFS crews had the fire back under control and were monitoring the situation.


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Topics:  bushfire, rural fire service, tuntable creek


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