Scott Golightly, a 1st year fire fighter with the Locksley brigade "blackens out" burnt areas to avoid further fire flair ups and breakaways a day after the fire front threatened houses at Boho in north-east Victoria. The fire fighters usually douse any flames still alight with the tanker hose. However because of the rough terrain many tankers could not access parts that were burnt the day before, and fire fighters like Scott needed to shovel and rake dirt onto any areas still alight. Scott says, "It's hard work, but also rewarding". His brigade worked around a 13 hour day, he said it was "A good team effort amongst our crew, we shared the work load ensuring everyone had some recovery time".
Photographer: Rodney Dekker