District CFA units were on high alert last week and early this week with several fires in the region.BRONWYN BEYERS December 12, 2012 4:11am
District CFA units were on high alert last week with several grassfires in the region, including a large fire at Toolleen on Wednesday which burnt-out 40 hectares.
Heathcote Fire Brigade captain Shane Nixon said the fire broke out at a property on the Northern Hwy about 9km north of the Toolleen Hotel about 4pm.
‘‘There were 18 units out there including the forward command vehicle, slip on and quick fill truck from Heathcote, which can be filled off a dam,’’ Mr Nixon said.
m‘‘There was also a grader and the DSE had a multi-function dozer for along the creek bed, which needed a hell of a lot of work because the fuel load was so heavy.’’
Neighbours pitched in to fight the fire, which threatened a house on the property, destroyed a young olive grove and damaged a garage, including a four-wheel drive parked inside it.
Heathcote Fire Brigade officer Carl Watkins said the fire was located directly opposite the site of a major grassfire in Toolleen last year.
‘‘Everyone’s nervous out there at the moment and we were conscious of the location,’’ he said.
CFA brigades also attended a small grassfire in Chapman’s Lane, Heathcote on Saturday and grassfires fanned by strong winds at Toolleen and Knowsley on Sunday.
Mr Watkins said the Heathcote fire broke out about 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon and burnt close to a hectare.
‘‘We had chopper support from Bendigo and they actually got there before the other units arrived, so it was a great response,’’ Mr Watkins said.
The fire threatened a home on the property, which Mr Watkins said was unoccupied.
A large grassfire spanning 50ha also broke out on Saturday in the Puckapunyal military precinct and was still burning out of control in a contained area on Monday, fanned by strong winds and dry conditions.
A large bushfire also broke out on Saturday in a blue gum forest plantation at Whiteheads Creek near Seymour.
The fire burned out more than 1800ha and on Monday was still burning out of control, though contained.
‘‘That was a dirty fire and a long night,’’ Mr Watkins said.
‘‘It’s tough terrain in there and you can’t drive the trucks up and down the hills because they’re too steep so you have to fight the fire from the ridges, which we could drive along.
‘‘There’s not a lot they can do other than try to contain the fire until it burns itself out.’’
The fire was large enough that it could be seen at night from Heathcote and, though brought under control by Sunday evening, on Monday the fire flared back up again and was still burning out of control in a contained area.
On Monday afternoon, Heathcote Fire Brigade was called to a small grassfire at Eppalock with Mosquito Creek CFA, which was quickly brought under control.
Mr Watkins commended the DSE on its quick response to district fires and the support given to CFA crews.
‘‘They’re a real bonus when they’re around,’’ Mr Watkins said.
Shepparton Tri Club has partnered with the annual Challenge Shepparton and organisers of the event are now putting out the call for 350 volunteers.
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.
MORE than 130 camp oven enthusiasts turned up to the Torrumbarry Hotel for its annual camp oven cook off.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
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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.
The second Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball came to town on the weekend, and was bigger and better than ever.
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The second annual National Herd Development Victorian Winter Fair was in action at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre last Wednesday and Thursday.
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