Echuca and district fire crews battled a grassfire at Wharparilla yesterday.By Trent Horneman
Echuca police and the CFA are investigating the cause of a fire which burned about 25 hectares of farmland and forest at Wharparilla yesterday.
Fire crews were called to the fire at O’Sullivan Rd about 4pm.
The fire started in a paddock and quickly spread into crops before making its way into forest near the Murray River.
Bamawm Extension Fire Brigade captain George Calleja said, while the fire burnt out farm land, a nearby house was saved.
It took fire crews from Bamawm Extension, Echuca, Echuca Village, Gunbower, Torumbarry and Kotta about an hour to control the fire.
About 6.30pm last night, Mr Calleja said fire crews were still concerned about 10 large trees on the Victorian bank of the river.
‘‘There are about 10 large trees which are alight. We are working with Department of Sustainability and Environment to get these trees down,’’ he said.
‘‘The last thing we need is for the fire to jump the river.’’
Mr Calleja said authorities were unsure of the fire’s cause.
Echuca police were last night still determining how the fire started.
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