Gospers Mountain Fire Status
The Gospers Mountain fire remains at "Advice" level
Saturday 23rd November, 7:30am Update:
ALERT LEVEL: The Gospers Mountain fire remains at "Advice" level.
Last night was filled with conflicting weather. We had thunder and dry lightning followed by intermittent rain ranging from a few spits to 5 minute light drizzles. Unfortunately, there certainly wasn't enough to dent the fires, but it cooled down the crews trudging across creeks and properties attending to burning logs and trees.
Another unfortunate result of these very light quick showers is that the higher moisture content at ground level, although temporary, will hamper back burning efforts today. The situation is being assessed this morning and appropriate tasking will be assigned to continue patrols, property protection as well as consolidating previous work.
Residents driving around in our Valley still need to be careful of fallen trees.
St Albans Brigade
If you are a resident in the Macdonald Valley, please contact St Albans Fire Shed on 02 4568 2011 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns.
Important Fire Information
Remember, in these times of hot, dry and windy weather, it is important for you to monitor local conditions and stay up to date:
Fire Danger Rating Information
Check in for Fire Danger Rating Information and updates for wherever you are, at NSW RFS (St Albans/Macdonald Valley is part of the Greater Sydney Area). www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans
Fires Near Me
Stay up to date with current incidents via the Fires Near Me NSW smartphone app, or at RFS website:
Follow the RFS on their Facebook page for announcements and information www.facebook.com/nswrfs/.
If you have radio reception, then be aware that the ABC provides emergency updates on Radio 702 AM.
Remember, in these times of hot weather, check in for Fire Danger Rating Information and updates at NSW RFS and make it part of your My Fire Plan mindset.
• Web: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nswrfs/
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How to use our website
For information on what's happening in the brigade, please visit the Brigade Business page.
The Bush Telegraph page is for our community bloggers to post any helpful info relevant for our community.
The Brigade members area is password protected and is where you will find information and documents specific to our brigade.
During times of emergency please use the official RFS resources as your first port of call.
For those of you that use Facebook to keep up to date with the latest information on the Hawkesbury RFS, go to www.facebook.com/HawkesburyRFS, and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/StAlbansRFS/.
To check the current Fire Ban status for the Hawkesbury (Sydney) and to check the interactive Current Fires and Incidents map go to www.rfs.nsw.gov.au
Click here to download a copy of the plan and remember to visit NSW RFS website for more information to help with preparing your plan http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/bush-fire-survival-plan
Personal Protection Equipment
Have you got all of your PPE? Click on the image to find out more. If you are missing something, let Jane Blacker know and she'll get you your replacement equipment.
NSW Parliament has passed new, tougher penalties for people who deliberately and recklessly ignore Total Fire Ban declarations.
Between October 1st and March 31st fire permits are required for all fires regardless of the danger rating.
Fire Permits & Pile Burns - Before you light a fire please check the NSW RFS Guide to ensure that you follow the correct procedure. For more information please go to our Fire Permit Page
AFAC - Industry Safety Advice - PPC
The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) has issued the following Industry Safety Advice dated 23 February 2015 regarding very recent independent research conducted by CSIRO into the assessment of contaminants in bushfire personal protective clothing (PPC).
Please click here for more information
We still have plenty of T Shirts - so let us know if you want one! The back of the T Shirt has "St Albans Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade" on it.