Parkway grassfire

By 16 January, 2014 19

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service is working to extinguish a grass fire burning at the Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Denman Drive. Molonglo.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service has six units on scene.

The fire is located near the pine tree plantation.

The fire is approximately 100 metres x 100 metres in size and is under control

The Fire Danger Rating where this fire is burning is LOW-MODERATE.

Fires burning in LOW-MODERATE conditions can be easily controlled.

There is little to no risk to life and property in the urban or rural areas of the ACT.

6:11 AM

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service have knocked down the grass fire and are conducting mopping up operations near the Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Danman Drive, Molonglo.

The Bushfire Alert and Warning Level for this fire has been set at ADVICE.

ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service will remain on scene for sometime to ensure the fire is fully extinguished.

The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious.

6:34 AM

[Courtesy ESA]

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19 Responses to Parkway grassfire
#1
johnboy8:25 am, 16 Jan 14

Looks like Mr Insadent has been allowed back at a keyboard.

#2
wildturkeycanoe8:41 am, 16 Jan 14

“The cause of the fire is being treated as suspicious.”
And I thought fires were a naturally occurring phenomenon, not requiring any form of suspicious activity to ignite. I guess I was wrong.

#3
Jivrashia10:58 am, 16 Jan 14

ACT Rural Fire Service have knocked down the grass fire
Is that a technical term, similar to “under control”, or “contained”?

Because the word isn’t supposed to be “extinguish”, as they are still there…
to ensure the fire is fully extinguished.

Let me go knock down my BBQ and my gas cook top.
… That doesn’t sound right.

#4
Postalgeek11:26 am, 16 Jan 14

Jivrashia said :

ACT Rural Fire Service have knocked down the grass fire
Is that a technical term, similar to “under control”, or “contained”?

‘Knock down’ is a technical term used around the world by fire services, basically means reducing heat/flame using retardants. When you see the fire hoses hitting the edge of a fire, that’s knock down, but the process of extinguishing a fire goes through several stages, from knock down to mop up.

At least, that’s what I remember from my days in the RFS.

#5
Nylex_Clock2:18 pm, 16 Jan 14
#6
gazket3:31 pm, 16 Jan 14

I hear they caught someone and the dickhead burnt himself, so they flew him to a Sydney hospital for treatment….. wtf

Can’t Woden hospital treat burns ?

#7
Roundhead894:09 pm, 16 Jan 14

Jivrashia said :

ACT Rural Fire Service have knocked down the grass fire
Is that a technical term, similar to “under control”, or “contained”?

Because the word isn’t supposed to be “extinguish”, as they are still there…
to ensure the fire is fully extinguished.

Let me go knock down my BBQ and my gas cook top.
… That doesn’t sound right.

Sex ed time: When you knock down a girl she usually gets knocked up.

#8
IrishPete5:07 pm, 16 Jan 14

gazket said :

I hear they caught someone and the dickhead burnt himself, so they flew him to a Sydney hospital for treatment….. wtf

Can’t Woden hospital treat burns ?

Serious burns go to Concord (possibly another Sydney hospital too).

IP

#9
c_c™5:15 pm, 16 Jan 14

IrishPete said :

gazket said :

I hear they caught someone and the dickhead burnt himself, so they flew him to a Sydney hospital for treatment….. wtf

Can’t Woden hospital treat burns ?

Serious burns go to Concord (possibly another Sydney hospital too).

IP

Yep, Concord and Royal North Shore are the two I’ve heard. I’m not sure what’s the difference and what determines which you go to.

One presumes he was choppered to Sydney, which is a great use of aerial resources on a high fire danger day.

#10
johnboy5:19 pm, 16 Jan 14

I suppose we could have left him to die of his burns in garema place in front of a public audience, but I think we all might prefer living in a society where care is given to all regardless of what they’re suspected of.

#11
c_c™5:26 pm, 16 Jan 14

johnboy said :

I suppose we could have left him to die of his burns in garema place in front of a public audience, but I think we all might prefer living in a society where care is given to all regardless of what they’re suspected of.

No need to be a drama queen. Was simply alluding to the irony that a firebug should require the use of something used to put out fires. (They’ve got 4 choppers plus Southcare over at Hume today so not legitimately suggesting it created a capability gap).

#12
JC6:10 pm, 16 Jan 14

gazket said :

Can’t Woden hospital treat burns ?

Depends upon whether you want to pay to have a specialist team, no doubt costing a few $m per year at Canberra Hospital to service a handful of serious burns each year and doing SFA the rest of the time.

#13
Nylex_Clock6:47 pm, 16 Jan 14

johnboy said :

I suppose we could have left him to die of his burns in garema place in front of a public audience, but I think we all might prefer living in a society where care is given to all regardless of what they’re suspected of.

The thing that lots of us can’t help but notice is that a disproportionate amount of social resources are consumed by many of the least deserving. Some people just make it their life goal to try to be a drain on society.
There are givers and takers.

#14
Thumper7:56 pm, 16 Jan 14

johnboy said :

I suppose we could have left him to die of his burns in garema place in front of a public audience, but I think we all might prefer living in a society where care is given to all regardless of what they’re suspected of.

Exactly. We are not savages.

#15
Thumper7:57 pm, 16 Jan 14

Jivrashia said :

ACT Rural Fire Service have knocked down the grass fire
Is that a technical term, similar to “under control”, or “contained”?

Because the word isn’t supposed to be “extinguish”, as they are still there…
to ensure the fire is fully extinguished.

Let me go knock down my BBQ and my gas cook top.
… That doesn’t sound right.

After knocking down you then ‘black out’. it’s a boring, hot, dirty job where you go from stump to stump spraying it with water, hopefully to dowse any lingering embers that maybe in the stump underground.

#16
Queen_of_the_Bun8:04 pm, 16 Jan 14

c_c™ said :

johnboy said :

I suppose we could have left him to die of his burns in garema place in front of a public audience, but I think we all might prefer living in a society where care is given to all regardless of what they’re suspected of.

No need to be a drama queen. Was simply alluding to the irony that a firebug should require the use of something used to put out fires. (They’ve got 4 choppers plus Southcare over at Hume today so not legitimately suggesting it created a capability gap).

The irony was lost on me. Didn’t realise medivac helicopters also doubled as Elvis and similar firefighting choppers.

#17
Pork Hunt8:50 pm, 16 Jan 14

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

c_c™ said :

johnboy said :

I suppose we could have left him to die of his burns in garema place in front of a public audience, but I think we all might prefer living in a society where care is given to all regardless of what they’re suspected of.

No need to be a drama queen. Was simply alluding to the irony that a firebug should require the use of something used to put out fires. (They’ve got 4 choppers plus Southcare over at Hume today so not legitimately suggesting it created a capability gap).

The irony was lost on me. Didn’t realise medivac helicopters also doubled as Elvis and similar firefighting choppers.

They do double. If they have a hook in their belly, they can carry water.

#18
c_c™9:04 pm, 16 Jan 14

Queen_of_the_Bun said :

The irony was lost on me. Didn’t realise medivac helicopters also doubled as Elvis and similar firefighting choppers.

Not sure if there is such a thing as a special firefighting helicopter, at least, one designed from the outset as one. The AirCranes like Elvis sure weren’t, in fact they were designed more for starting fires until someone thankfully had the idea to design a tank for them. Most of the ones we rely on are just multi purpose choppers fitted with tanks.

Not all aero medical choppers do it, but so long as the kit is available and the pilot certified they can. SouthCare has its own bambi bucket, a sling certified pilot and is contracted for fire fighting. Does a pretty good job too.

And even if it’s not directly involved in suppression, people get injured in fires, so you’d want it free for it’s primary purpose, like last year when it had to take the overrun firefighter from Gundaroo to Concord.

#19
CraigT12:08 am, 17 Jan 14

c_c™ said :

Not sure if there is such a thing as a special firefighting helicopter, at least, one designed from the outset as one. The AirCranes like Elvis sure weren’t, in fact they were designed more for starting fires until someone thankfully had the idea to design a tank for them. Most of the ones we rely on are just multi purpose choppers fitted with tanks.

Watching a fire from up-close during 3 weeks in September, I would say the number of runs I saw by helicopters-with-tanks were outnumbered by a factor of 10 by the number of runs by anychoppers carrying buckets.

Additionally, I would say my extremely low desire to have anythying to do with choppers is vastly underweighed by my infinitesimally low desire to have anything to do with a chopper carrying a half-ton pendulum 100m below it. My mind boggles that anybody would do it.

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