A large grassfire south of Kyabram has prompted warnings about operating machinery on high fire danger days.February 13, 2013 4:48am
A large grass fire at Kyabram South believed to have been started by farm machinery has prompted a reminder about the dangers of operating machinery on windy days.
Over 100 Country Fire Authority volunteers in 20 tankers were called to the fire just after 2
A waterbombing plane and a waterbombing helicopter were also called in.
Crews stopped the greater part of the blaze at Fenaughty Rd, however a section east of the main fire jumped the road and burnt two more paddocks.
Operations officer Tony Owen said even though it was not a hot day, the fire danger was still high.
‘‘We’re pleading with people to take care and use commonsense,’’ he said.
‘‘Just because it’s a cool day doesn’t make the grass any less dry.’’
Mr Owen said a few old, small sheds were destroyed, but other property was protected, including a house that was under threat.
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said a 30-year-old man was taken to Goulburn Valley Base Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
He said a 20-year-old woman was also affected by smoke, but she was treated at the scene.
Meanwhile, district CFA brigades were called out to three structure fires in three days.
Kyabram CFA was called to a Lynton Cres, Kyabram, home about 8
On Friday night at about 10
Fire had taken hold of a laundry and back section of a Trevaskis Rd home by the time firefighters arrived.
It took five units from Wyuna, Kyabram, Merrigum, Undera and Tongala about 20 minutes to contain.
No-one was home at the time.
Kyabram CFA captain Mick Crompton said investigations were continuing into the cause of the fire which caused ‘‘significant’’ structural damage to the house.
About the same time, the CFA was called to an electrical explosion at a Pettifer St house. No damage was reported.
And a fire at Kyvalley about noon on Sunday burnt a small pile of clothing in the laundry of a Sinclair Rd home.
Two fire units from Tongala CFA and one from Kyabram were on scene quickly and extinguished the fire before it spread.
The cause of the fire is unknown but is under investigation.
In a separate incident, a Kyabram man faces a hefty fine for allegedly lighting a fire during Saturday’s total fire ban.
Stanhope police and Rushworth CFA personnel were called to a fire on vacant land at Waranga Shores overlooking Waranga Basin about 9.15
Firefighters put out a small campfire.
A member of the public concerned that a campfire had been lit on a day of total fire ban called the CFA.
Leading Senior Constable Bob Naismith said the 34-year-old man told police he had been unaware of the fire ban in place.
He will appear before Echuca Magistrate’s Court at a later date.
The incident has prompted a reminder from police about the dangers of lighting fires during a total fire ban period, and that anyone caught doing it will be investigated and fines or harsher penalties may apply.
Under the CFA Act, people can receive up to a $5500 fine and/or two years imprisonment for lighting a fire on a day of total fire ban. Penalties are similar under the Forest Act.
Dozens of Euroa and district residents have gathered outside Euroa’s Amaroo aged-care facility for a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Leitchville-Gunbower claimed honours in its A grade showdown against Lockington-Bamawm United yesterday, 53-31.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash could not confirm when or if Deniliquin’s health classification would be changed when in town a little more than a week ago.
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.
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