A fire that burned 40ha threatened several houses at Katunga on Friday afternoon.RANDALL JOHNSTON February 6, 2013 4:13am
A fire that burned 40
Country Fire Authority District 22 operations officer Rob Van Dorsser said the blaze was started at about 3
‘‘No properties were damaged, only land and fences,’’ he said.
‘‘It did threaten a couple of properties, but they were not damaged.’’
Mr Van Dorsser said someone had been slashing the grass in a paddock — the blades on the back of the truck could have sparked after hitting some rocks or concrete material underneath.
‘‘Katunga is very dry at the moment,’’ he said.
‘‘All of the farmers have been pretty good, but it is very dry and fires can get started very easily.
‘‘We had a lot of wind (to contend with) that day too.’’
The blaze was controlled by 6
Mr Van Dorsser said with conditions as dry as they are, people need to remain vigilant.
‘‘People need to be wary, especially if they’re using machinery on the land,’’ he said.
‘‘It doesn’t take much for the long dry grass to spark up.’’
Katunga resident Sharon Cain said she was concerned for her neighbours and surprised at how quickly the fire sprung up.
She said it started on a Spences Rd property and spread east to the next property before jumping the channel to the north to a neighbouring property on Adams Rd.
A helicopter took water from the family’s dam to help put the fire out.
‘‘It definitely had us on tenterhooks for a couple of hours — the fire was only one paddock away from our dairy farm’’ she said.
‘‘At one point, a fire unit came onto our property so that Les could show them access to the channel from our farm, should they have needed it.
‘‘We had two lots of stock on our boundary and decided to move them so they would be safe, should the fire change direction at any time and travel into our property.
‘‘Should that have happened, then things could have got very serious as these channels are no longer allowed to be grazed and are just fuel for any fire.
‘‘The wind was very strong and we took precautionary measures by turning on the sprinklers in our section.’’
Two Stanhope men were arrested after police executed warrants at a residential property on Friday last week.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
Popular Tatura hairdresser Gabrielle Dodd and her English beau Daniel Coombs were married at Sacred Heart Church on Friday.
Echuca Community for the Aged will hold its second Aged Care Expo tomorrow.
When you are 16 and aiming for the sky you know there is a hard road to hoe. Eamonn Tiernan caught up with budding AFL prospect Joe Atley to find out what goes on inside the mind of a teenage rising star.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
More than 600 people enjoyed the Rumble in the Gums youth event on April 11 at the Cobram skate park.
Nationals locked in for 5 years
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.