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More bushfire "vollies" – and we'll need them!

There has been a massive increase in the number of volunteer bushfire fighters in Alice Springs.

"Vollies" captain Shawn O'Toole says until earlier this year there
were about five or six volunteers. Now there are about 40, taking part
in training.

Meanwhile warmer weather and winds are creating dangerous fire
conditions although Grant Allan, of Bushfires NT, says close to three
quarters of the town's periphery are secure now because recent blazes
have already consumed the extraordinarily high fuel load there.

And the Department of Lands and Planning says it will not prosecute for a loading infringement of a truck driver taking a grader to a blaze north of town to stop a fire advancing towards buildings in a quarry.

The department has not yet responded to questions from Alice Springs News Online about
any liability the government may have for fires starting along roads it
has responsibility for, and that may enter pastoral land, causing
losses of fodder, man-hours fighting the fires and expenses for the use
of graders and possible damage to them.

Members of the Hayes pastoral family say of the multitude of fires
they had to fight this year, all but one had come from public
roads. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Pictured getting
the low-down from Shawn O'Toole (second from left) on the pump mounted
on an "operational vehicle" are "vollies" (from left) Diane Chanut,
Wayne Phillips, Alan Leahy, Katherine Hastie and Nikolas Sestokas.

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