Reader’s first hand account of fire fighting air support

Linda Mace, a Goulburn Post reader, saw some of the work done by the aerial support units in fighting the weekend fires. She took the attached photos and sent us this report:

I saw the smoke on the eastern side of town in the afternoon and went out to the airport to watch the aerial assault on the fire near Mountain Ash Road close to small rural properties and house as I could hear the aircraft working it.

They were also operating yesterday out Goulburn to put out a fire at Wayo (we live under the flight path for the Crookwell/Wayo area).

The smoke was rather thick but the skydivers were still operating as were the fire-bombing turbine powered Fred Fahey Aerial Services AT-802 Air Tractors from Cowra (today was Bomber 223 - VH-CVF), used by NSW Rural Fire Service and a NSW Fire Service helicopter which called into Goulburn late in the afternoon. 

I think there were two helicopters but I didn't see the second one.  Parkesbourne Rural Fire Service, Upper Lachlan Rural Fire Service and NSW Fire Brigades trucks were also at the airport on standby with Rural Fire Service Volunteers.  Aerodrome Operator, John Ferrara, supplied the Jet A1 fuel from an onsite tanker.

The parachutists were operating through the smoke as well.  Lightning strikes were seen in the area at the time the aircraft were operating over the fire.

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