8 February 2013

Mount Coree campfire escapes

| johnboy
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The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) is currently extinguishing a small fire at the top of Mount Coree.

The fire is approximately 60 metres x 10 metres in size and started as a campfire left unattended.

The ACTRFS has one tanker, one light unit and commander on scene.

12:10 PM

The fire is contained.

Firefighters are now blacking out an area 60 metres x 10 metres.

The campfire which started the blaze was illegal and was not permitted in the national park.

1:17 PM

[Courtesy ESA]

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It’s hard to comprehend, isn’t it. As a child, taken camping, rules 1, 2 and 3 were – NEVER leave a fire unattended, and always make 200% sure it is completely out before you leave.

They must surely be city bogans or other forms of ignoramus urbanus. No country person who was not seeking a Darwin Award would do it.

They don’t need any more excuses to lock the place up now days if it rains or there’s a sprinkle of show the joint gets gated up Lots of good tracks in there have been gated up its a shame

And then people wonder why gates get permanantly locked, and why restrictions are placed on the access the public have to certain areas.

It wouldn’t at all surprise me if the kind of people who do this sort of stuff (like leave fires unattended, leave their rubbish behind, drive off formed tracks) are also the proud ‘Strayan’ crowd who wave the flag and harp on how new-Australians have no respect for Australian laws, culture, etc.

Ahh the number of times I have encountered unattended camp fires in Namadgi staggers me. I’ve had to put them out with my drinking water, with premixed cordial and had to haul water from creeks to do it. Then one day of total fire ban I encountered one in the car park up past Honeysuckle Creek at Borromba (spelling?) Rocks where some dipshit got angry at me for putting it out. He shut up when I started photographing everything.
Mind you I once put one out beside a tent once after yelling about for the tent occupants, reported it to the rangers later on and was told a week later that “it was not unattended, the couple were in the bush… err, doing stuff.” Apparently they were out having sex in the shrubbery instead of attending their campfire.

P1 – It was today, Friday, in fact it was the guy manning the tower who found the fire when he arrived for duty. It will also be manned tomorrow, Sat. Level 3 standup.

Only time I have seen it manned is weekends

Anyone know if the Mt Cooree fire tower is manned at the moment?

You’ve gotta wonder at some dropkicks don’t you!

I saw a similar thing down the coast over summer… a fairly solid (i.e. large bits of tree stump still burning, heaps of red coals) unattended campfire from someone the night before in quite a remote bushland/national park area. Once we found it, mates and I carted up about 20L of water from the beach to put it out. What had me dumbstruck was the number of people in the area that were in the process of or had recently been walking straight past it completely oblivious

“hmmm, hot summer day…. hmmm unattended fire in the middle of the bush…. …. … oh look, how cute, the kids are running ahead of us down to the beach, hey kids, wait up !………”

I’m lost for words when people do $h!t like this in this country.

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