Additional firefighting aircraft arrive to help fight major WA bush fires

*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
N130FF / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 131 Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules (MSN 382-4901, ex 161495) of Coulson Aviation at Perth Airport – 5 Feb 2015.
This aircraft has been flown to Perth from Victoria to help fight the devastating fires in WA’s South West, and is seen here parked on the domestic apron and departing Perth Airport at 3:34 pm for the short flight to RAAF Base Pearce
Photo © Keith Anderson.
*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
N130FF / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 131 Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules (MSN 382-4901, ex 161495) of Coulson Aviation at Perth Airport – 5 Feb 2015.
This aircraft has been flown to Perth from Victoria to help fight the devastating fires in WA’s South West, and is seen here departing Perth Airport at 3:34 pm for the short flight to RAAF Base Pearce
Photo © Matt Hannigan.
*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
N355AC / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 162 British Aerospace Avro RJ 85 (MSN E2293) of Conair at Perth airport – 5 Feb 2015.
This aircraft has been flown to Perth from Victoria to help fight the devastating fires in WA’s South West, and is seen here on approach for runway 24 at 11:33 am.
Photo © Keith Anderson.
*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
*** 1st Visit to Perth ***
N355AC / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 162 British Aerospace Avro RJ 85 (MSN E2293) of Conair at Perth airport – 5 Feb 2015.
This aircraft has been flown to Perth from Victoria to help fight the devastating fires in WA’s South West, and is seen here departing Perth Airport at 3:34 pm for the short flight to RAAF Base Pearce, note the bulging tank that has been added to the bottom of the fuselage and the retardant stains under the aircraft.
Photo © Matt Hannigan.
A41-207 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-173/AUS2) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Richmond, NSW, Fri 6 February 2015. Being loaded with fire retardant chemicals for use by the C-130 and RJ85 operating from RAAF Base Pearce, where it arrived later that day. Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence, CPL David Said (20150206raaf8540638_0075.jpg)
A41-207 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-173/AUS2) of 36 Squadron, RAAF, at RAAF Richmond, NSW, Fri 6 February 2015.
Being loaded with fire retardant chemicals for use by the C-130 and RJ85 operating from RAAF Base Pearce, where the C-17 arrived later that day.
Photo © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence, CPL David Said (20150206raaf8540638_0075.jpg)
VH-ZMP Beech 200 King Air (MSN BB259) Firescan 371 of Australasian Jet at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
VH-ZMP / FIRESCAN 371 Beech 200 King Air (MSN BB-259) of Australasian Jet at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Photo © Ian Moy.
VH-XAU Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0137)of Kennedy Aviation, for the NSW Rural fire service at Jandakot Airport - 7 Feb 2015.
VH-XAU Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0137)of Kennedy Aviation, for the NSW Rural fire service at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Sent over from NSW to help fight the devastating bush fires in South West WA.
Photo © Nick Stubbs-Ross.
VH-XAV Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0377)of Kennedy Aviation, for the NSW Rural fire service at Jandakot Airport - 7 Feb 2015.
VH-XAV Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0377)of Kennedy Aviation, for the NSW Rural fire service at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Sent over from NSW to help fight the devastating bush fires in South West WA.
Photo © Nick Stubbs-Ross.
N189AC Sikorsky S-64C Erickson Air-crane (MSN 641001) named “Gypsy lady” at Jandakot Airport - 7 Feb 2015.
N189AC Sikorsky S-64C Erickson Air-crane (MSN 641001) named “Gypsy lady” at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Sent from the other side of Australia to help fight the devastating bush fires in south West WA.
Photo © Keith Anderson.
N957AC Sikorsky S-64C Erickson Air-crane (MSN 64098) named “Ichabod” at Jandakot Airport - 7 Feb 2015.
N957AC Sikorsky S-64C Erickson Air-crane (MSN 64098) named “Ichabod” at Jandakot Airport – 7 Feb 2015.
Sent from the other side of Australia to help fight the devastating bush fires in south West WA.
Photo © Keith Anderson.

5 February 2015 (UPDATED 11 February 2015) – copyright David Eyre

Major bush fires burning at Northcliffe in the southwest of WA and at Boddington south of Perth, together with a number of smaller fires in other locations, have used up all of Western Australia’s firefighting resources.

Extra firefighting aircraft have been flown in to help:

  • VH-IWU / BOMBER 716 Air Tractor AT-802A (MSN 802A-0558) of R & M Aircraft Pty Ltd (operated for Tasmania Fire Service): Arrived at Manjimup on ??. Photographed operating from Manjimup on 8 & 9 February 2015.
  • VH-XAU / BOMBER 255 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0137) of Kennedy Aviation (operated for NSW Rural Fire Service): Arrived at Jandakot Airport on ?? Photographed operating from Jandakot on 7 February 2015.
  • VH-XAV / BOMBER 266 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0377) of Kennedy Aviation (operated for NSW Rural Fire Service): Arrived at Jandakot Airport on ?? Photographed operating from Jandakot on 7 February 2015.
  • VH-XAY / BOMBER 299 Air Tractor AT-802 (MSN 802-0176) of Kennedy Aviation (operated for NSW Rural Fire Service): Arrived at Manjimup or Jandakot on ??.
  • N130FF / BOMBER 390 / TANKER 131 Lockheed EC-130Q Hercules (MSN 382-4901, ex 161495) of Coulson Aviation: Arrived at Perth Airport from Avalon on 5 February 2015, and later the same day flew to RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth. Flew first mission 6 February 2015. Later operated from Pearce to Busselton, flying operations from Busselton and returning to Pearce each night. Departed Pearce on 9 February 2015, returning direct to Avalon.
  • N355AC / BOMBER 391 / TANKER 162 British Aerospace Avro RJ 85 (MSN E2293) of Conair: Arrived at Perth Airport from Adelaide on 5 February 2015, and later the same day flew to RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth. Flew first mission 6 February 2015. Later operated from Pearce to Busselton, flying operations from Busselton and returning to Pearce each night. Departed Pearce on 9 February 2015, returning to Avalon via Adelaide.
  • VH-LVG / BIRDDOG 376 Rockwell Turbo Commander 690B (MSN 11551) of AGA Services Pty Ltd: Arrived at Perth Airport from Avalon via Ceduna on 5 February 2015, and later the same day flew to RAAF Base Pearce, north of Perth. Flew first mission 6 February 2015. Later operated from Pearce to Busselton, flying operations from Busselton and returning to Pearce each night. Departed Pearce on 9 February 2015, returning to Avalon via Kalgoorlie.
  • VH-ZMP / FIRESCAN 371 Beech 200 King Air (MSN BB-259) of Australasian Jet Pty Ltd: Arrived at Jandakot Airport from Essendon via Ceduna on 5 February 2015. Flew first mission 6 February 2015. Operated from Jandakot. Departed Jandakot on 10 February 2015 via Ceduna to Essendon.
  • N189AC / HELITAK 731 / ‘Gypsy Lady’ Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (MSN 64100) of Erickson Air-Crane: Arrived at Jandakot from NSW via multiple refuelling stops on 7 February 2015. Departed Serpentine 11 February 2015 via multiple stops back to NSW.
  • N957AC / HELITAK 738 / ‘Ichabod’ Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane (MSN 64065) of Erickson Air-Crane: Arrived at Jandakot from Essendon, VIC via multiple refuelling stops on 7 February 2015. Operated from Manjimup and Serpentine. Staying at Serpentine until March 2015, in addition to the WA-based Skycrane, N154AC / HELITAK 739 ‘Georgia Peach’.

In addition:

  • A41-207 Boeing C-17A Globemaster III (MSN F-173/AUS2) of 36 Squadron, RAAF: Arrived at RAAF Pearce from RAAF Richmond on 6 February 2015 with a cargo load of fire retardant chemicals for use by the C-130 and RJ85 operating from Pearce.

The fires were started by natural causes, as a result of lightning from thunderstorms.

  • The Northcliffe fire was reported at 10am on Friday 30 January 2015, and had burned through about 80,500 hectares, with the fire perimeter around 300 kilometres long by 6 February 2015.  Over 200 firefighters from WA and Victoria were fighting this fire, but luckily the weather conditions have reduced the fire’s progress. The WA Premier Colin Barnett declared the fire to be a natural disaster. By 9 February 2015, it had burnt through a total of 91,000 hectares, with a perimeter of 364 kilometres, but had been downgraded to a “Watch and Act” alert.
  • The Boddington fire started about 3pm on Saturday 31 January 2015, west of Lower Hotham Road and north of Harvey-Quindanning Road. It was burning in forest and pastoral land, with a fire perimeter which was 145 kilometres long by late on Friday 6 February 2015.  More than 52,000 hectares was burnt before the fire was downgraded to an advice.

 

 

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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