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Fire in Corop being investigated

The cause of a fire on School Rd in Corop yesterday is being investigated by police and CFA.

ELAINE COONEY February 19, 2014 12:58pm

A fire at Corop yesterday is being investigated

Campaspe CFA operations officer John Cutting said while the cause of the blaze was unknown, it appeared to have started at the roadside.

Corop brigade member Brian Kerlin said the fire burned 20 hectares of farmland, the roadside verge, fence posts and came close to properties.

Mr Cutting said seven brigades extinguished the fire which saw 100 hay bales go up in flames.

“More crews went back this morning and they were monitoring it overnight,” he said.

He said a Watch and Act warning issued by the CFA was due to the timing of the blaze rather than residents in immediate danger.

“It was at 3.20 around school time so there would be more traffic on the road with parents picking up children,” he said.

He said he hoped parents would read the warning on their Fire Ready mobile phone app that there would be fire trucks on the road.

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