The water cart that Jeff built as a present for Kim's birthday
Things got pretty hairy until the fire trucks arrived. Local Yass councilman and almost neighbour arrived with a half filled fire fighting back pack. The water cart was emptied very quickly. Kim and Cecil Burgess worked up a real sweat beating the flames by hand. When the big guns arrived the fire was controlled quickly.
The fire was started by a Magpie shorting out the electricity transformer on the power pole and falling to the ground on fire. This drama really made us think about how under prepared we were for a fire. We did not have any fire fighting back packs near the house and the water cart was only half full. We learnt a few hard lessons that day.
This Magpie caused the fire
The fire got very close to the house and torched most of the wind break trees.
Almost ready to take off over the hill
The small bit of dry feed gone in minutes