Pappinbarra residents grateful to volunteer firefighters

Residents of Pappinbarra are grateful to volunteer firefighters for tackling a grass fire which began on Saturday.

The fire, at advice level, began at 515 Pappinbarra Road at Frazers Creek and spread over 96 hectares.  It’s being controlled by the Rural Fire Service.

Leanne Farrington said her family saw it start and called triple zero.  Police are investigating the cause.

“It was a little close for comfort and there were a few tense moments for us and our neighbours,” she said.

Leanne praised the RFS volunteers.

“They have again gone above and beyond, working through the night to backburn and contain the fire in inaccessible country,” she said on Sunday.

“We had some kids who were anxious last night, and the crews were great and helped settle some nerves.  Our gratitude for everything you do will never been enough.  Thankfully the cool change seems to have come.  Fingers crossed it sticks around.”

RFS crews from King Creek, Sancrox-Thrumster, Wauchope, Lake Innes, Beechwood, Huntingdon and Pembrooke strengthened containment lines, mopped up and patrolled the fire overnight.

The president of wildlife charity, FAWNA, Meredith Ryan is also full of gratitude to the firies who protected her home and the creatures she is rehabilitating.

“We are indeed lucky to be so well looked after.  Thank you,” wrote Mary Walker, president of the local progress association on the Pappinbarra Community Connect Facebook page.