Firefighters say they were very fortunate to stop a small fire from lighting up Deniliquin's bushland.December 10, 2012 4:20am
A second grass fire in four days in the Packenham St area could have been disastrous, according to Deniliquin NSW Fire and Rescue.
Local firefighters reached the scene — at the south-east end of the Deniliquin golf course — at 7am Wednesday.
It was the same location as a fire on Sunday last week.
Station Commander Captain Bill Muirhead said they were ‘‘very, very fortunate’’.
Approximately 100m by 150m of grassland was burnt and the scene is being assessed by forensic police.
‘‘We were at the scene within five-and-a-half minutes, if we were a minute later it could have been all over,’’ Capt Muirhead said.
‘‘The fire was creeping up the levee bank. Over the levee is a forest filled with fuel for a fire, including dead wood, fallen branches and plenty of leaves.
‘‘The undergrowth, small trees and dead wood means the fire could’ve been potentially disastrous.’’
Capt Muirhead said the strong winds fanned the fire to be much larger than the one on Sunday.
He also said he suspected it had gone unnoticed for a longer period.
Deniliquin Council plans to cut the grass on top of the levee bank to create a firewall and stop fires from spreading to the forest.
Capt Muirhead is anticipating ‘‘a very bad summer ahead’’.
Fourteen firefighters and two appliances attended Wednesday’s fire. Rural Fire Service also assisted.
Capt Muirhead said he would like to remind people that we are in a ‘‘no burn’’ period.
During this time permits are not available for people to burn off.
Street Rider Night Bus signs have been placed in Shepparton’s central business district to encourage people to use the service that has been cruising along for more than five years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
The Echuca construction team behind Junction Moama has taken out one of the top honours at a regional building awards ceremony.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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