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“A STORY OF TWO BUSHFIRES� - WILL CARMODY - CONT. Captain of the Cascade Volunteer Bushfire Brigade. Will was Senior Fire Control Officer for Shire of Esperance West Zone 2. Incident Control Officer with Shire of Esperance at Level 1 fire.

IMAGE (left): Taken just after take off, showing the towering fire front, with vehicles in foreground that were next to the ICV. Photographer: Will Carmody Flames were jumping well above the tree canopy at a height of 30 to 40 metres and the front was on the move, travelling at around 12.6 kilometres an hour.

A huge

smoke cloud towered above the front. We flew in under the smoke cloud at about 500 to 700 feet. The turbulence generated by the fire was extreme. The tracking bulldozer had evacuated to a position behind the front, clearing itself and the following fire unit a massive pad on the edge of a lake to shelter on. It was at this point that we knew that the fire was uncontrollable and would breach any of our containment efforts. IMAGE (right): One of the final images taken from the air of the fire front, before it broke clear of bushland. Photographer: Will Carmody From here things started to escalate very quickly. There were a bunch of people and vehicles gathered at the ICV, which was now at the first fall-back position. We immediately advised them to get out of the area. I then called the guys in town and notified them that the fire was now out of control and uncontrollable. We tried to make sure everyone in the area was evacuated.

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