News

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.


View Bushfires in a larger map

Topics:  bushfire, rural fire service



Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Hogan, local farmers welcome slash to backpacker tax

BACKPACKER TAX: Changes to the system would affect the workforce numbers available at Tinaberries farm in Bundaberg. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail

Kevin Hogan has welcomed the Cabinet's decision

New VC has big dreams for Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University's new vice chancellor, Adam Shoemaker, is enjoying the new role based at Lismore.

Prof Shoemaker wants to see a better work, life, study balance

Local Partners

From purr to a roar, Meow Meow is not kitten

ANYTHING IS PAWSIBLE: Acclaimed cabaret star Meow Meow returns to Lismore.

Anything can happen during her local shows this week

Break strings, ho hearts

Ukulele player A. J. Leonard and cellist Jenny Rowling.

Master ukulelist visits this week

More Northern River schools needed to be counted in

John Foreman and Jay Laga'aia at a songwriting workshop earlier this year.

Music - Count Us In will be held in November

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber split

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber have split after 11 years together.

Why Chris Hemsworth was spotted wearing nail polish

RED CARPET: Do you think Chris Hemsworth is the typical unpolished but well-natured Aussie bloke?

He's now officially the best bloke in Australia

Testament's new album is a concept album

ROME, ITALY- JULY 27, 2016: Testament photographed at The Roman Collisseium in Rome, Italy on July 27,2016. Gene Ambo

Testament to release new album

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction