Weather conditions have eased today and our local crew will be patrolling the area around Bell rd at Mt Wilson.
The five Members are doing well.
Today another 3 members from the Mt Macedon Group, 2 Gisborne and one from Mt Macedon will depart from Melb airport to keep rotating existing crews already on the fire line.
Gisborne and Mt Macedon Group firefighters are currently in Hartley Vale and have been task to protect life and property.
The local crew are staged in a park beside houses waiting for the fire front to come through.
Multiple emergency warnings have been issued. Please
l check www.rfs.nsw.gov.au for latest warnings.
We will update in more detail tonight.
1st Lt. Terry Borg, 3rd Lt. Mark Carter, firefighters Tom Ritchie, Rona Pulbrook and Doug Peart all arrived back in Gisborne safe and sound late last night after spending five days in N.S.W on the fire line.
The Mt Macedon Group composite crew currently in N.S.W including two from Gisborne had a relitively quite day yesterday in Mt Wilson preparing for extreme fire weather conditions today.
The Gisborne fire Brigade will keep the Gisborne and wider community updated with their progress.
Also check out our facebook page: Gisborne CFA Brigade
This link http://google.org/crisismap/2013-nsw-bushfires will take you to a map showing the extend of the NSW fires.
The five Gisborne members currently in N.S.W are scheduled to return tomorrow morning much to their delight!
They will be relieved by another crew of five. Two from Gisborne, one from Mt Macedon, Woodend and Riddells Creek.
The relief crew departed from Gisborne Fire Station at 10.30 this morning by bus to the Melb airport and departed by plane a short time later.
The five Gisborne members sent up to N.S.W are safe and in good spirits.
Their first task on Saturday was to back burn a large area to pull up any fire heading in that particular direction.
Yesterday (Sunday) the weather turned for the worst with hot temperatures and strong winds fuelling the fires. They were tasked to protect life and property in the town of Bell as erratic and unpredictable fire behaviour was displayed due to extreme weather conditions.
After a tough day on the job they made it back to camp safe and sound.
We will keep the Gisborne and wider community updated through Facebook and our website.
A Tanker and crew from Gisborne Fire Brigade has been deployed to help with firefighting efforts in N.S.W.
The Gisborne crew has formed part of a Strike team from District 2 which includes tankers, ultralight tankers and a big fill.
Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said staff and volunteers from CFA, MFB, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), and Parks Victoria are part of this Victorian response.
“One ground observer team from Wodonga and North West Metropolitan Melbourne area departed last night, while one more crew from the Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne area and an MFB crew departed from Craigieburn Fire Station this morning,” Mr Lapsley said.
“Four CFA strike teams and Heavy Tankers from across northern Victoria will also be deployed from Wodonga later today. They will commence duties in NSW on Saturday through to Monday.
“An incident management team consisting of Operations, Logistics, Planning, Situation, Resources, Safety Advisors and Mapping will also depart today.
“All crews will meet in Wodonga for a briefing first, before deployment to New South Wales.”