WINGELLO RFB - GULP ROAD SECTION 44, WINGELLO

On Sunday 4th January an electrical storm passed over the Morton National Park and lightning started a fire that did not become visible till early in the afternoon of the 5th January. Wingello RFB was called out to investigate the smoke sighting and it was confirmed that the fire was in the Nyes Creek area of the Morton National Park and had the potential of threatening the Wingello State Forest and the villages of Wingello, Penrose and Meryla and also the town of Bundanoon. At 1500hrs on Tuesday 6th January a Section 44 was declared and firefighters from NSWRFS, NPWS, Forest NSW and the ACT Fire Services were deployed to bring this fire under control. For the first two days the attack was mainly by air due to the inaccessible country. The Section 44 decl;aration was lifted at 2000hrs on Sunday 18th January and the NPWS continue to patrol the burnt area. 1132 ha of bushland was destroyed.
For the first couple of days Wingello Oval (Bill O'Reilly oval) was used as a helicopter base. The above photo was taken from the front of the Wingello Fire Station
During the first couple of days the fire burnt in inaccessible country. Wingello RFB assisted in the preparation of control lines and opening up of existing fire trails
During the first couple of days the fire burnt in inaccessible country. Wingello RFB assisted in the preparation of control lines and opening up of existing fire trails
During the first couple of days the fire burnt in inaccessible country. Wingello RFB assisted in the preparation of control lines and opening up of existing fire trails
During the first couple of days the fire burnt in inaccessible country. Wingello RFB assisted in the preparation of control lines and opening up of existing fire trails
During the first couple of days the fire burnt in inaccessible country. Wingello RFB assisted in the preparation of control lines and opening up of existing fire trails
During the first couple of days the fire burnt in inaccessible country. Wingello RFB assisted in the preparation of control lines and opening up of existing fire trails
During the first couple of days the fire burnt in inaccessible country. Wingello RFB assisted in the preparation of control lines and opening up of existing fire trails
During the first couple of days the fire burnt in inaccessible country. Wingello RFB assisted in the preparation of control lines and opening up of existing fire trails
Wingello Fire Station became the staging area for the Gulp Rd fire where briefings were conducted and rest and catering facilities provided
Wingello Fire Station became the staging area for the Gulp Rd fire where briefings were conducted and rest and catering facilities provided
Wingello Fire Station became the staging area for the Gulp Rd fire where briefings were conducted and rest and catering facilities provided
Wingello Fire Station became the staging area for the Gulp Rd fire where briefings were conducted and rest and catering facilities provided
Wingello Fire Station became the staging area for the Gulp Rd fire where briefings were conducted and rest and catering facilities provided. Wingello 2 departing for the fireground.
Wingello Fire Station became the staging area for the Gulp Rd fire where briefings were conducted and rest and catering facilities provided
Wingello Fire Station became the staging area for the Gulp Rd fire where briefings were conducted and rest and catering facilities provided. Wingello at times was covered in smoke.
When access became available ground crews were required to 'black-out' as part of the strategy to limit the spread of the fire
When access became available ground crews were required to 'black-out' as part of the strategy to limit the spread of the fire
When access became available ground crews were required to 'black-out' as part of the strategy to limit the spread of the fire
When access became available ground crews were required to 'black-out' as part of the strategy to limit the spread of the fire
When access became available ground crews were required to 'black-out' as part of the strategy to limit the spread of the fire
When access became available ground crews were required to 'black-out' as part of the strategy to limit the spread of the fire
When access became available ground crews were required to 'black-out' as part of the strategy to limit the spread of the fire
16 aircraft were used on one day alone including 2 sky cranes. A helicopter is bucketing in the Johnstone and Bundanoon creek area.
16 aircraft were used on one day alone including 2 sky cranes. A helicopter is bucketing in the Johnstone and Bundanoon creek area.
The Gulp Rd fire burnt through the area where the Wingello Fire of New Years Day 1998 occured. The monument to David Quinlivan,who lost his life in that fire, whilst having fire all around it escaped any damage.
An airstrip within the Wingello State Forest was used for mixing and batching of retardant
An airstrip within the Wingello State Forest was used for mixing and batching of retardant. The red tank in the foreground was placed so that helicopters could bucket the retardant out of it.


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