Firefighters’ mercy dash

MORE than 30 firefighters from the Bathurst district were rushed to Blackheath yesterday to help tackle a fire which was threatening homes.
Nanjing Night Net

A team of Rural Fire Service volunteers heading for Penrith had to be redeployed when a blaze, which started in the Megalong Valley near the Shipley Plateau, closed the Great Western Highway and threatened homes in Blackheath.

About 4pm an additional four RFS tankers from the Bathurst/Oberon area and a unit each from Bathurst Fire Brigade and Kelso Fire Brigade were sent to assist as conditions worsened in the Blue Mountains.

At 6pm one house was lost at Medlow Bath and properties were under threat at Blackheath, Evans Lookout Road and Medlow Bath.

Firefighters from Chifley Command including volunteers from Raglan, Evans, Eglinton, Yetholme and Norway (Oberon) received the initial call for help early yesterday morning from Penrith Fire Control headquarters.

Local Rural Fire Service chief Keith Meehan said the Chifley Task Force was deployed at lunchtime, including 16 firefighters, four tankers and a command vehicle.

“They expected to arrive at Penrith by about 3pm and from there were going to be sent to various hot spots to start relieving others for the afternoon and night shifts,” he said.

Full story in the Western Advocate.

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