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Chopper in action at Ravenshoe

Wooroora Road Fire

Around 11th October 2016, a fire broke out after changed wind conditions and is suspected to be from a controlled burn about 15km south of Ravenshoe on the Wooroora Road. By Saturday, it was under control with just over 3000 hectares burnt.

Fire Controller, Bernard Grech of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services reports that in some of the more difficult areas, trees and other materials were left to burn out.

There was a high level of technology displayed at the Control Centre with Ipad updates following the fire lines and monitoring slow spread of the fire fronts into the wind.

Air attack supervisor Barry Semple from Rockhampton was on the scene during Friday and Saturday, with three helicopters used to check on the fire progress and deployment of firefighters and equipment.

Of three aircraft  Robinson R44, Bell Longranger and a $3.8m Airbus H125 two were used with one on standby.

Limited use was made of the Bambi Bucket during the week, with only 42 minutes of direct water drops being made on ember attacks to surrounding areas from the fire.

Mr. Grech said ” The air use was invaluable to fire fighters to assist in determining strategies and tactics to keep the fire within containment lines”

CAPTION:

Airbus H125 departs from Ken Holt’s property for an aerial survey on Saturday afternoon

H125 lauch for patrol


H125 ready for action


Takeoff area845 litre Bambi bucketBambi Bucket attach point with sequential releaseH125 Rotor headInterior of H125