All quiet on the western front, so far

Seven trucks and a significant number of fire fighters stand between Yass town’s most western properties and a fire that has the potential to come from that direction.

The group, calling itself Strikeforce Yankee, is based on Shearsby Crescent, but most trucks will be mobile, roaming that part of town in preparedness.

The group is made up of fire crews from Yass, Goulburn, Narranderra, Boorowa, Young and Temora.

Yass Fire Station Commander Allan Carey said the strikeforce’s aim is to wait and try to ensure no property is lost.

“We are focused on property protection,” he told the Tribune early Wednesday afternoon.

“The priority is, if the fire impacts Yass, we have protection here on the western front.”

Mr Carey is happy with the set up on Shearsby Crescent and believes things are under control.

“We are confident everything will be fine. We have the resources we need to deal with any problems we might come across.”

He said his team, Yass Fire Brigade, was in Tarcutta yesterday afternoon and was at Black Range Road until around midnight.

Inspectors Graham Jarrett and Stephen Hayes are overseeing Strikeforce Yankee, and they are also confident that Yass is well protected.

“Should a fire come near us, we will be able to properly protect properties and also stop it from coming into Yass town.”

Along with residential properties on the western side of town, Transgrid, a fertiliser factory, and a mushroom farm are also priorities.

Part of ‘Strikeforce Yankee’, is this Goulburn based crew. It is made up of Simon Desilva (permanent senior fire fighter), Kerri Borchard (retained senior fire fighter), Rod Lang (permanent senior fire fighter) and Anika Ballantine (retained fire fighter).

Part of ‘Strikeforce Yankee’, is this Goulburn based crew. It is made up of Simon Desilva (permanent senior fire fighter), Kerri Borchard (retained senior fire fighter), Rod Lang (permanent senior fire fighter) and Anika Ballantine (retained fire fighter).

Inspectors Steven Hayes and Graham Jarrett of Fire and Rescue NSW will be on alert if Yass is to be affected by the fire to the west.

Inspectors Steven Hayes and Graham Jarrett of Fire and Rescue NSW will be on alert if Yass is to be affected by the fire to the west.

A Goulburn crew catch up with a Yass fire truck doing routine checks along Shearsby Crescent.

A Goulburn crew catch up with a Yass fire truck doing routine checks along Shearsby Crescent.

Graham Jarrett and Steven Hayes survey a map of the land they will look after. They are in charge of ‘Strikeforce Yankee’, the group looking after the land immediately to the west of Yass town.

Graham Jarrett and Steven Hayes survey a map of the land they will look after. They are in charge of ‘Strikeforce Yankee’, the group looking after the land immediately to the west of Yass town.

A truck, filled with fire fighters, performing  routine checks on Shearsby Crescent.

A truck, filled with fire fighters, performing routine checks on Shearsby Crescent.