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Permit RequiredNote: Fire permits will be suspended over Christmas / New Year please see item in RFS Blog

 

Thursday, 27 March 2014 19:52

BUSH FIRE EMERGENCY CONTACT LIST

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Halfway Creek Rural Fire Brigade is compiling a register of contact details for residents in the brigade area, so where possible we can advise owners and/or tenants in the event of a fire that may threaten them or their property.

If you want to be included  please phone Laura (brigade secretary) on 6649 4712 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The list would only be used in an emergency and only by senior brigade officers.

 

 

Do you have a smart phone.

If so you can get  up to date Fire Information by downloading the N.S.W. Rural Fire Service "Fires Near Me" app for either Iphones or Android devices.

Just search "Fires Near Me" and choose your phone type.   

 

 

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 12:45

Fire fighting helicopters vs drones

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Never fly an RPA (remotely piloted aircraft ie drone, model aircraft or multi-rotor) near bush fires. Even a small RPA could bring down an aircraft or helicopter, so flying one any where near a bush fire could lead to fire fighting aircraft being grounded as they often have to fly very low.

If an RPA were to hit a fire fighting helicopter tail rotor or aircraft propeller they could be badly damaged, with possible loss of control by the pilot and a risk of serious injury.

The collision risk means if an unapproved RPA is on or adjacent to a fire ground fire, fighting authorities may be forced to ground their aircraft, putting lives and property at risk.

Operators of both commercial and recreational RPAs are required to comply with Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. Among other things it is an offense to operate a remotely piloted aircraft in controlled or restricted airspace without approval or to operate in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, person or property.

For more information see CASAs RPA & Bush Fires leaflet                                                                Also an ABC News article: Firefighting helicopters to be grounded if drones spotted

Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:59

Halfway Creek RFS and Hall Summer 2014 newsletter

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Click on this link to view Halfway Creek Summer newsletter.

Please be aware that any phone numbers are relevant to the Halfway Creek area, which is generally east of the railway line excluding Omega Drive and Kungala Road west from Omega Drive.

Any fire permit requests for the Lanitza Kungala area should be directed to Lanitza-Kungala RFS Chris Donnan 0419 550 507 or Jarryd Rigoni 6649 4824. For Lanitza-Kungala membership info please contact the secretary 6649 4673 or email lThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, 08 December 2014 17:29

Fire Permit Suspension

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Fire permits will once again be suspended over the Christmas / New Year period. That is from midnight, Thursday 18th December 2014 until midnight, Wednesday 7th January 2015. Please advise your neighbours if this is relevant.

The members and crew of Halfway Creek brigade wish you all a Happy Christmas and if you are free on Sunday afternoon from 3pm the brigade is having a Christmas get together. Please bring meat for the BBQ, your drinks and a plate to share.

Monday, 08 December 2014 17:09

Lanitza/Kungala Summer Newsletter

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Click on this link to view Lanitza-Kungala RFS Summer newsletter.

Please note that all permits will be suspended over the Christmas/New Year period. That is from midnight Thursday 18th December 2014 until midnight, Wednesday 7th January 2015.

Please be aware that any phone numbers are relevant to the Lanitza-Kungala area, which is generally west of the railway line and includes Omega Drive and Kungala Road west from Omega Drive.

Any fire permit requests for the Halfway Creek and Wells Crossing areas should be directed to Halfway Creek RFS Tony Wade 0428 199 782 or for membership info please contact Laura on 6649 4712.

Friday, 10 October 2014 09:00

Fish Hole Creek bush fire

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About Wednesday a series of fires started north of Glenreagh and west of Flaggy Creek Nature Reserve. By Friday the fire was over 400 ha and National Parks asked for RFS assistance. Five brigades including Halfway Creek 7 responded and began an asset protection burn to prevent the fire moving any further east. Weather conditions were favourable but access was difficult with some tracks requiring further clearing. Later in the day the wind became changeable and several spot overs required quick action by crews to prevent further spread. By 5 pm it was decided that the fire was sufficiently contained so it was left for tomorrows crews. The final photo shows the smoke flume as the storm changed the wind direction last Saturday afternoon, shortly after the Kungala area was blanketed by an acrid smelling smoke cloud dramatically reducing visibility.

Due to other commitments Halfway Creek did not return over the weekend but other crews continued the effort to contain what was now a big fire with over 1000 ha burnt and burning on a large front. Halfway Creek 7 returned to assist with further control measures for this fire on Monday morning.     

 

 

Sunday, 05 October 2014 20:00

Orara Way bush fire

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Sunday afternoon Halfway Creek 7 was called to assist Lanitza/Kungala 1 & 7 with a small fire on the Orara Way just north of Curlew Drive. Although the fire was relatively small adverse weather conditions made it potentially dangerous. On arrival we assisted Braunstone 1 to complete the back burn which Lanitza/Kungala crews had well underway. Once the fire was contained the edges were thoroughly blacked out and crews returned home, most to watch Souths beat the Bull Dogs.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 10:00

Omega Drive Hazard Reduction

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Halfway Creek was asked to assist Lanitza/Kungala with a couple of HRs (hazard reduction) burns in Omega Drive. The burns included several small and one large pile burn, in general it is preferred that any piles should be much smaller than the one shown above. The residence shown could have been a problem but as the owner had slashed around it we were able to burn back from it quite safely.  Parts of the burn were pretty hot due mainly to sections of tall dry blady grass which when dry burns aggressively and is often a problem. The last part of the burn was not completed due to changing wind conditions and time getting away.

Halfway Creek 7 assisted Lanitza/Kungala crews to complete the last section of this HR on the following Saturday morning.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 16:33

Lanitza-Kungala RFS Spring Newsletter

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Click on this link to view Lanitza-Kungala RFS Spring newsletter.

Please be aware that any phone numbers are relevant to the Lanitza-Kungala area, which is generally west of the railway line and includes Omega Drive and Kungala Road west from Omega Drive.

Any fire permit requests for the Halfway Creek and Wells Crossing areas should be directed to Halfway Creek RFS Tony Wade 0428 199 782 or for membership info please contact Laura on 6649 4712.

Friday, 19 September 2014 09:00

Pillar Valley Hazard Reduction

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On Friday morning Halfway Creek 7 with a crew of three went to assist crews from Pillar Valley and several other Clarence brigades with a large hazard reduction burn. It took longer than expected due to several spot overs causing more fire than was intended.

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