Brigade Activity

There is now a stand alone page for the Women's Burn Days - here with UPDATES and the movie

Saturday 30 March and Sunday 31 March 2019
A really big weekend - Women's Burn Days - Two massive days in Cape Clear on roadside burning for visitors from all across the state. A total of 72 Women from 32 brigades attended the two burn days

Day One
Meet and greet from 9am at the Cape Clear Recreation Reserve - with a cooked brunch and friendly faces. It was a good start. Michael had everyone's attention as he told the history of our brigade's burning of the roadsides for community protection. The creation of long firebreaks in the grasslands and the preservation of the native grassland species. How you do this safely is the key and the knowledge of how to do it was being shared with all participants this weekend.

Day One Crew

We had a bit of a change at 10.35am with a Code One fire call to a fire in a paddock in Springdallah. Michael had had a show of hands to see who had never been to a fire and made sure they were mixed with the crews that went to the fire. The fire report will make interesting reading with a page of names from brigades all over the state..

Back to Cape for a brilliant lunch followed by a bit of practical on the oval on the basics of roadside burning - 101 on "How to do Wet Break" - everyone had a go. Unfortunately we could not arrange good burning weather, but everyone had a good time on the oval.

Lots and Lots of smiles

All with heaps of support from our brigade members

More on the Women's Burn Day page

Sunday 10 March Grassfire in Cape Clear Berringa A quick turnout on a Sunday morning More than ten trucks attended. We were lucky the weather was mild and it was not windy. Very dry grass and stubble - when it was contained it rained. Area burnt about 20 Ha. Big thanks to all the local brigades who attended

Saturday 9 March
Call to a bonfire in Berringa during the fire danger period. Autumn may be here but burning off is illegal as the fire restrictions are still in force in the Golden Plains Shire - know your local fire restrictions.

Friday 8 March
A grass and scrub fire at Scarsdale. A large turnout of trucks halted the fire before it got into thicker bushland and nearer to houses. The two fires this week highlight the underlying extreme dryness in both the bush and grasslands. The dryness and high fire danger looks like continuing well into autumn and much care is needed if you live in these areas.

Monday 4 March
A fire in the bush at Berringa. A mild day meant a slow rate of spread - which was lucky. Quickly contained with help form the local brigades.

Sunday 3 March
Cape Clear tanker with Michael and Jeremy aboard head to Gippsland with a D15 strike team to assist at the Bunyip State Park bushfire.

Saturday 23, Sunday 24 and Monday 25 February
Assist with the CSIRO Research Burn at Wallinduc

additional pictures in the Gallery

Wednesday 20 February
Successful roadside burn in Urches Rd, Wallinduc adjacent to CSIRO burn.
Local brigades, Group and HVP resouces helped made it a great safe burn.

Thursday 14 Feb, Friday 15 Feb and Tuesday 19 Feb
Successfully completed roadside burns on local roads around Cape Clear and Pitfield - 12kms Thursday and 17kms Friday - Racecourse Rd, Derwent Jacks Rd, Cressy Rd, Illabarook Rd, Cemetery Rd and Ryans Rd

Sat 26 Jan 2019 CSIRO Research Burn - Wallinduc
Burn the the paddocks and fire breaks around the research burn plots

more pics in the Gallery

Thursday 10 Jan 2019
Lunchtime . Weather warm and sunny.
A page to a column of smoke in a private pine plantation in Happy Valley.
Access was restricted but crews were able to restrict the spread the fires with air support. A potentially significant fire on a bad day. Good save by all the firefighters.

The Last Fire of 2018
New Years Eve 2018, Blackmore Rd, Cape Clear
A grass fire started in a paddock. Shows how easy it is to start a fire in summer - dry grass and hot sunny days. A good quick save prevented it getting into long grass in neighbouring areas.

A Selection of Previous Activity Stories

Easter Sunday April 1 Cape Clear assisted with a dog rescue from a mine shaft in Pitfield. Lismore SES, Ballarat Rescue, Ballarat City Rope Rescue and RDO District 15 also attended. The dog had been chasing a fox and fell 20 metres down a mine shaft in Pitfield about 11am. The dog "Ava" was known to be alive. Very careful attention had to be made to safety in this old shaft. Lowering a rescuer vertically down the shaft with a harness to secure Ava was deemed the best plan. Ava was successfully rescued - fit and well much to the owners relief. A great example of teamwork and from all and an example of the skill and training of the rescuers in a difficult situation.

Saturday 17 March Ladies Burn Day The bad fire weather kept some of our long distance participants at home but a few closer members made it to Cape Clear. A good time was had by all. A learning experience which covered the theory, looked at past burns on site and had a go at putting down a wet break.

Sunday 18 Feb Roadside burn of Pitfield Cressy Rd from the Rokewood Skipton Rd to Gilletts Rd

Sunday 4 February Roadside Burning - successful burns in the center of Cape Clear and both sides of Derwent Jacks Rd, Berringa. A great result - community firebreaks.

Derwent Jacks Rd, Berringa

The Burning Gang. Lunch. Cape Clear with visitors from D15 HQ OM Brett Boatman, Gavin and the crew from Linton and from across the water Keith from French Island.

22 January Afternoon - Bushfire in Derwent Jacks Rd, Berringa
The roadside burning on Racecourse Rd was completed by lunchtime. The crews had gone to the fire station for a BBQ lunch. It was warming up so we decided not to continue burning after lunch. The visiting burn crews were heading home when a fire call went out for a bushfire in Derwent Jacks Rd, Berringa. The speedy response of these tankers had a big impact on the spread of the fire. The fire was in bushland heading up a hill. It was a good save by all who attended.

Large spot fire that nearly got away

22 January
Morning - Roadside Burning Starts. The brigade successfully burnt one side of Racecourse Rd, from the Scarsdale - Pitfield Rd, Springdallah to Ryans Rd, Cape Clear. Thanks to the Rokewood Junction, Linton brigades and local appliances for their support. A job well done. This roadside burn is part of our township protection plan. Some years ago it successfully stopped the head of a running grass fire that started in Exchequer Rd.

Cape Clear Static Fire Fighting Water Program
The new tanks have now been stencilled to make them easy to identify

January 2018 It's Holiday Season Brigade members spend quite a lot of time keeping an eye on campers and holiday makers with "campfires". After having been to quite a few fires that are escaped or abandoned campfires it pays to keep alert. Campers need to stick to the requirements for campfires during the fire restriction period (the information is contained in the "Can I Cant I" brochure which is available on the CFA website). Jan 2018 pics

13 January 2018 Cape Clear Community Grassfire Scenario. A big turnout this year. Starting with a sausage sizzle. Then
a great new role playing program with three scenarios - presented by Chris Carey. The feedback from old and new community members who attended was extremely positive. Everyone learnt something.

17 December 2017 The sad loss of a house in Cape Clear. A big turnout of appliances to the house fire. Lots of crews worked hard to save what they could of the house.

13 December 2017
A significant fire in the bush at the back of Newtown. Both tankers and the Ultralight attended. Relief crew stayed for a time overnight and next day. The two helicopters made many water dumps and made a big difference to the fire fight. A reminder of the fire danger in the bush with most of summer still to come.

We have recently had two training sessions with significant member turnouts to update our skills on the Entrapment Drill and Tree Hazard Awareness as required by the CFA.

Tanker Name Changes
The Berringa Tanker is now called Cape Clear Tanker 2 and the Cape Clear Tanker is Cape Clear Tanker 1

Cape Clear Fire Brigade Water Tanks
Last week saw the installation of a FARSS 58,00litre tank on the Staffordfshire Reef triangle (cnr Grandma Rd and Staffordfshire Reef Rd) this adds to the 22,000litre brigade tank placed there earlier.
The last two 22,00litre tanks for the Cape Clear Static Fire Fighting Water Program have now been installed (Four 22,00litre tanks - 100% brigade funded). They were installed in Cressy Rd and Piggoreet Rd. This adds to the tanks already placed on the Staffordshire Reef triangle and at the Berringa Fire Station.
This places tanks roughly equally spaced, at strategic locations, within our area.

A quick source of fire fighting water. All tanks have a 3tpi male CFA fitting.

Wednesday 16 August

A car accident at 3.02pm in Berringa Rd, Berringa. A great turnout of appliances and members in their cars.

In the evening a small group of members visit to Vicfire (ESTA). Vicfire handles all 000 fire calls and dispatches CFA brigades and appliances including air support in Victoria.

It was a great night. We deal with Vicfire through the simple interface of the fire radio but behind the scenes there is a great deal of complexity, sophistication and skill in the system. A great insight into how an event happens from 000 call to despatch and Wordbacks. We learnt that we should give more regular sitreps if a we have a serious or escalating incident as the story that comes over the radio is their main source of information.

Saturday 10 June Working bee at the Cape Clear Rec. Reserve 9.30am start BBQ lunch. Cleaning up and removing fuel from our Neighbourhood Safer Place

Sunday 9 April Watching the rain - 25mm so far. The brigade has had a very busy late March and early April. Once stubble burning permits were issued we were looking for the right weather to burn - there were plenty of blue sky days, little rain and plenty of heat (average max temperature in March was 28.7C). The last few weeks have seen plenty of stubble burning activity by the brigade culminating in three big days last week. Thanks to all who assisted so far from our team and the Linton crews who came to assist. It is a great opportunity for new brigade members to get a bit of hands on control of fire.