The wildfire season has kicked off for the Jawoyn Rangers with the first battle just east of the top of Snowdrop Creek on the Arnhem Plateau. A small group of rangers with the assistance of a helicopter were able to get around it within a week. As it was early in the firefighting season weather and grass fuel was a little forgiving.
As part of firefighting preparations Jawoyn rangers had some practical training with a professional fireman from Darwin. The terrain and techniques were different from the CBD, but ideas of safety concerns and team structure were put to practical test on a fire just north of Beswick at Dook Creek.
This year we had a mid-season planning season where with the help of fine scale GIS data the team identified high risk areas and potential fire outbreaks that we would immediately respond too. This was immediately put to the test at Snowdrop creek.