Canungra community hailed heroes for bushfire response

The Canungra community is being hailed the real heroes – along with the fire brigade – as locals reel from more close calls overnight.

Luckily, authorities have this morning confirmed that no more properties have been lost after an ember sparked an emergency warning for Binna Burra overnight.

One Canungra local has spoken out about the efforts of fire fighters and the amazing support from her local community, after flames came dangerously close to her property over the weekend.


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Belinda Pearl fought side by side with fire fighters overnight on Friday and into Saturday morning, telling Flan, Emily Jade and Christo this morning that the blaze was approaching her property from all fronts.

“It was coming as a clean line behind the house, and then coming up another gully on the other side, then later in the night, it come from our front entrance.

“So we had it from every angle, and as close to the house or the compound as it could possibly be.

“They (fire fighters) definitely saved our house, we had about 5 fire trucks here for about 17 hours throughout the whole night, and it was just terrifying,” Ms Pearl said.

She’d reportedly called her mother and sons to tell them goodbye, before lining up with firies to try and save her property.

Ms Pearl said while the fire brigade definitely saved her house, it was the local community who then came to her rescue.

“I’ve got to tell you, the Canungra community, you’d never believe how amazing they’ve been.

“They’ve dropped food up to us, torches… but i just knew my community was so darn amazing.

“I was at the community meeting and I just said ‘I need a generator’ – within seconds I had two generators and they were dropping them off at my place, with another bunch of food and dog food.

“Honestly the heroes are the fire brigade and the Canungra community, without a doubt,” Ms Pearl said.

While the immediate threat of the fires has subsided again this morning, hinterland residents are being told to continue preparing for the worst, with wind conditions expected to pick up even further today.

Related: BUSHFIRE CRISIS: Binna Burra warning downgraded, residents urged to stay alert

 

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how did the Sarabah/Canungra fire start