Bahia Blanca Bushfires New Years Day 2014
New Year’s Day 2014 in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, saw temperatures reaching 40°C with high winds. Many people took advantage of the holiday to have a barbeque beside a lake an hour from Bahia Blanca. One stray flame on the dry grass caused an immediate blaze, rapidly spreading out of control.
Initial attempts to stamp out the quickly spreading flames proved useless. The wind blew the flames from one barbecue to another, lighting trees and everything in its path.
A Voluntary Fire Brigade from a nearby town was quickly on the scene. The Rapid Relief Team soon realised the need for help, when the hoses began bursting from the heat of the scorched ground. They began helping by holding the hoses off the ground, then assisted with the lighting of a ‘fire break’ around the edge of the area.
RRT also supplied cold drinks to the fire fighters, who appreciated this very much. It helped to keep up the morale as they continued to battle the flames.
After three hours, the wildly spreading fire came under control. The hungry and exhausted firefighters devoured the sausages in rolls, fresh melon and cake provided by the RRT, with much gusto! They were all very thankful for the unexpected help and provisions provided that day.