Escalating Fire Scenario

 

This is a desk top exercise and the process is to make decisions regarding the "fire" over a period of time, developing tactics and strategies and document the evidence that influenced your decisions. You are not expected to "fight and put it out" but to manage the incident.

Scenario 1

  • Fire location    Bega 8826-4S    1:25000    Grid 367 502
  • Time 10:00
  • NW winds; 20km/hr
  • Curing 90%
  • Days since rain 20+ Drought factor 10
  • Temperature 20oC
  • Relative Humidity 35%
  • Fuel Loading 25t / ha
  • Initial units responding Cat 7 & Cat 1.

Additional units available:

  • Cat 1 (30 mins away)
  • Cat 7 (45 mins away)
  • Cat 7 (60 mins away)
  • Cat 9 (45 mins away)

It takes you 30mins to arrive at the scene. Map the fire spread for this first half hour.

You are the crew leader for this fire. You will need to undertake all the duties required for a crew leader for this fire.

You will need to start your role for this scenario at the point of arriving on scene.

You will be given Incident Management Log sheets to record the decisions you make and the actions you think are required. Some of the things you will need to think about are as follows:

  • What sort of fire is it?
  • Expectations with current conditions;
  • SITREP's, priorities (if any);
  • Further resources (if any);
  • Crew briefing - tactics/strategies;
  • Access, water points;
  • Tasking incoming crews (briefings);
  • Predicted fire behaviour and path; etc.

A weather change has hit the fire ground. The change is as follows:

  • Fire location    Bega 8826-4S    1:25000    Grid 367 502
  • Time 12:00
  • W winds; 35km/hr
  • Curing 90%
  • Days since rain 20+ Drought factor 10
  • Temperature 35o C
  • Relative Humidity 18%
  • Fuel Loading 25t / ha

Map the fire spread for this first half hour.

You will be given Incident Management Log sheets to record the decisions you make and the actions you think are required.

Some of the things you will need to think about are as follows: 

  • What sort of fire is it?
  • Expectations with current conditions;
  • SITREP's, priorities (if any);
  • Further resources (if any);
  • Crew briefing - tactics/strategies;
  • Access, water points;
  • Tasking incoming crews (briefings);
  • Predicted fire behaviour and path; etc.