Very High Fire Danger posted for Friday 28th. All permits suspended from midnight Thursday for 24 hours
Sunday, 23 September 2012
This year's Open Day was a combined event with our neighbouring Laguna brigade; breakfast at Bucketty station followed by lunch at Laguna station. The turn-out by members and public was very encouraging and the Community Engagement crews from both Brigades are to be congratulated for doing a most excellent job of the planning, organising and presentation for the event. Much thanks to all who worked to make this day go off so well and to all those who came along to support and join in.
Friday, 21 September 2012
Monday, 17 September 2012
Wishing you and your families a safe and quiet Summer; thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the Brigade and your Community.
Friday, 14 September 2012
Fires permitting of course :)
We are currently looking into other options but in the meantime, readers wanting more instant updates as they are posted may benefit from setting up their own RSS feed direct off our site. It is a relatively easy option and can be sent to smartphones, web browsers and even your email client such as Outlook. We've posted a page up here
containing further information.
Our Facebook page is also available for those that would like to connect with us there.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Monday, 10 September 2012
Another busy day out, today Bucketty 1 and Bucketty 9 crews responded to bushfire approx 7km down Settlers Road. On arrival we found a going fire contained on 2 sides by the road and track beyond and uncontained front running into the bush and steep country beyond. As it was in Yengo National Park we requested additional assistance from NPWS who arrived swiftly and in prudent time followed by 2 units from St Albans Brigade.
A lot of hand tool work put in containment lines down into the valley along 2 sides to stop the fire running along the valley sides but up on the top of the cliff sudden wind changes had crews working vigorously just to keep things on the one side of the track as the fire jumped containments and made their job that much harder. They did excellent work keeping things in order until the sounds of heavy rotors signaled the arrival of air support dropping in water to calm things down enough to give the foot crews the opportunity to get everything contained.
By 1500 we were pretty much all contained and Brigades standing down as NPWS continued to manage final black out and mopping up.
A hard days work but an excellent result and wonderful to work across Zones with neighbouring Brigades and our friends and fellow firefighters in NPWS. ( and thanks to Jerry's Kitchen courtesy of NPWS for the great lunch )
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Earlier this afternoon Bucketty 1, Bucketty 9 and Laguna 7 responded to a triple-zero call from the Murray's run area of flame and smoke sighted over the ridge-tops. No fire was sighted though it was a good opportunity for a local patrol and fly the flag in the area again. Thanks to the excellent and rapid turn out; full crews responded for each vehicle which was just excellent. Thanks Crews for your valuable time and efforts this afternoon and thanks to the Community for keeping vigilant through this weekend.
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Bucketty Brigade decided to cancel their Sternbeck HR this morning due to the unsuitable weather conditions and the increased fire activity in both the Mangrove Dam HR by Gosford RFS and the Yorkie Waters HR by Wyong RFS. Bucketty Brigade has thus been on stand-by and patrolling our local area throughout the day in case either of these other hazard reduction burns impacted in our area.
Gosford is expected to continue to burn in the catchment through the weekend until Sunday evening.
Please be advised that Gosford RFS is carrying out a large hazard reduction burn in the Mangrove Dam catchment over the weekend. Smoke can be expected in our area.
Bucketty will also be carrying out a much smaller HR burn on Sternbeck Lane in conjunction with a couple of crews from further afield in Lower Hunter.We expect to have that completed by Saturday afternoon.