Firstly, a big thank you to those of you who have been bringing food to the shed. The response has been overwhelming and is very much appreciated.
As you may know or have seen Sarah Brookes from NPWS has been manning the shed and communications room over the past week and done a wonderful job at keeping things happening and getting us (RFS and NPWS) supplies as needed.
NPWS have a contingent of workers both out in the field and doing local logistics. They have come from all over the state.
We have had RFS crews from everywhere in the Hawkesbury helping us with our round the clock shifts.
The food you locals have been supplying has been shared with everyone and is so greatly appreciated as the supplied sandwiches and snack packs only go so far.
There has been a little bit of smoke around over the past week so I suppose we better tell you what is happening...
Howes Swamp Fire has now burnt out around 20,000 hectares. During the gusty winds on Sunday the Howes Swamp fire spotted over the bulldozer track that was put in Wallaby Creek Sector (North and West). The Sky Crane was unable to prevent it spreading. It was a little too windy.
At the same time a new fire started at Lower Portland (Laws Fire) on Laws Farm Rd which is north of Lower Portland and was threatening homes, so lots of resources were sent there. One Lower Portland crew was working with us and could only listen to what was happening there. This fire has still not been contained but everyone is doing their best to contain it.
Yesterday in the winds the Howes Swamp fire spotted again but this time across the MacDonald River in several places. This was on the northern and eastern side of the fire. For those who know the area it was up near Floyds shack (About 30 Kms up river from Graeme Blackwood's in very remote country). The fire is not currently posing any threat to residents as it is in the NP near the Bula Ranges
The predicted weather for the next couple of days is for milder conditions. However, Thursday could cause some problems as there is another windy hot front moving in which could move the fire east towards or above the common.
In short please keep yourselves aware of the fire movement and keep checking the RFS and the St Albans Volunteer RFS websites. Should you see embers falling watch that they do not start spot fires. If they do phone 000 and if possible put the spot fires out. Hopefully the fire will remain in isolated areas and not near any of our homes.
Sherri and Don