|Matt Le Feuvre setting a line during the last controlled burns on airport land.|
Bushfires NT volunteers and Low Ecological Services staff have been out with airport employees on a few occasions already over the last few weeks, burning and grading in breaks across the property.
Today this work will continue, when Merv and Simon and the boys will again head out with volunteers from LES and staff from Bushfires NT to continue prescriptive burning to the north of Deep Well Rd and around the eastern parts of the airport property. It may be another long night, but all for a good cause and there may be time to bung a chop on a shovel over the nearest burning log if we're lucky; volunteering has to have its perks!
On a serious note, it's important that these breaks get put in before any more fires break out. Fire authorities and volunteer units have been working long hours to burn breaks in around Alice Springs. Larger fires can send burning embers to start spot fires kilometres from the fire front. In these situations, pre-burnt and accessible fire breaks are the best chance that fire crews will have to contain wildfires.
So don't be alarmed if there is a bit of smoke heading up from the Todd River end of the airport property - that'll just be us. The whole operation is expertly supervised and we are fully equipped with water tankers and grass fire units.