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Kanyapella Basin fire being treated as suspicious

A six hectare fire at Kanyapella Basin on Sunday is being treated as suspicious.

JESS CRAIG December 4, 2013 4:33am

Yambuna fire brigade at the scene of the fire on Sunday.

A fire which burned around six hectares of grass and scrubland at Kanyapella Basin is believed to be suspicious.

CFA region 20 operations officer John Cutting said the fire was now under control and under the management of the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

Brigades were called to the fire, 15km south-east of Echuca, at 3.15pm on Sunday, with the CFA declaring the fire under control at 4.25pm.

Smoke warnings were also issued to nearby residents.

Brigades from Kyabram, Girgarre, Tongala, Stanhope, Bamawm Extension, Undera, Echuca Village, Yambuna, Wyuna and Kotupna battled the fire.

Mr Cutting said a fire at Calivil had caused more concern for brigades, with around 80 hectares of land burned after it started on Wednesday.

‘‘We had to issue a watch and act notice for the Calivil township, and we relied on an air attack to help bring the fire under control,’’ he said.

A small grassfire on a Mitiamo Rd property yesterday was caused by fallen powerlines, with machinery believed to be behind the fault.

Three crews from Echuca, Kotta and Bamawm Extension attended the fire around 11.30am.

Mr Cutting said with summer under way, now was a good time for people to be aware of fire danger.

‘‘You need to be aware of your surroundings, aware of the weather and conditions on the day,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s no good sitting inside on a hot day with the blinds drawn, air-conditioner on, watching TV... you need to be alert and aware.

‘‘Keep your eye on the CFA website or phone apps, or listen to the radio stations for the warnings.’’

Mr Cutting said if the forecast rain arrived this week, he would encourage people to clean up around their properties.

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