CIMG2599 The fire that started near Harry’s Creek Rd, south of Violet Town, on Sunday 27th Jan., 2012 gave many of us a hell of a scare.

It started as a freak accident and ended up burning 1285 ha and caused substantial stock and fencing losses. Thanks to an amazing and quick response form dozens of CFA units from near and far and several water-bombing aircraft, the fire didn’t get into adjacent forested areas and no houses were lost.

The effectiveness of the helicopters can’t be over-stated; without them who knows where the fire might have ended up. By the following Friday it was firmly held within containment lines and anxiety levels were on the way down. Of course there was a lot of work still to be done, patrolling and blacking out, but the immediate danger had past.