‘Only a hedge fire’

30 Nov

So interesting when your area of research is image and knowledge credibility and you find yourself questioning the credibility of reports in your own life.

On 24 May this year we and our neighbours called Tuross Head Fire and Rescue to help with a fire at a house a few doors down from us. Later I was amazed to see a post on the Tuross Head Facebook page saying “24/5/20 17:34 p384 called to assist Tuross Rural Fire service at a house fire. Turned out to be only a large hedge alight.” [1]

A hedge? That’s not what it looked like to us!

Firefighter sillhouetted against leaping flames

The following photos were posted: very tame, aren’t they?

The fire was actually from a garden waste and rubbish burnoff – too big and too near the house. The hedge might have caught alight as a result, but it was no small fire; flames were spreading and rising several meters into the air, licking at the edges of the house. It took three hoses to keep it from setting the house on fire long enough for Tuross Fire and Rescue to arrive and put it out. My husband was holding two of the hoses.

Here are a few more photos of the ‘hedge fire’:


All photographs (apart from Facebook post screen capture) taken by Sabrina Caldwell. CC-BY-NC-ND-SA
No alterations of the photos were done.



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3 responses to “‘Only a hedge fire’

  1. Brenda Ping

    February 9, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Hello Sabrina
    So glad to find you online! I saw your Mom a few years ago and she said you and Brian are doing great! Sorry I lost touch with you.
    All the best
    Brenda Ping

    • Sabrina Bleecker Caldwell

      February 9, 2021 at 8:22 am

      Hello Brenda, I have thought of you so often over the years! So easy to lose touch isn’t it? I’m glad you reached out to me. I hope all is well with you! Cheers, Sabrina

    • Sabrina Bleecker Caldwell

      March 28, 2021 at 8:46 pm

      Hi Brenda, same here! How are you? Sorry for the delay in responding – lots of teaching. You can find my details at ANU,, please send me an email so we can catch up properly!


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