It took firefighters more than three hours to put out a fire on the Northern Hwy between Rochester and Elmore on Friday, which led to long traffic delays or motorists.By Elaine Cooney
A grassfire between Rochester and Elmore on Friday night blocked traffic on the Northern Hwy for almost an hour.
A train was also stopped while burned sleepers on the railway line were replaced.
Rochester Fire Brigade volunteer Vaughn Thomas said the fire began on Clarke Rd, jumped the road, travelled across the railway easement and continued to cross the highway.
Mr Thomas described the wind conditions as ‘‘horrendous’’ and said if it was not for the paddock of green lucerne and the swift action by brigade members, it had the potential to get out of control.
‘‘If it was a dry paddock, it could have gone anywhere,’’ he said.
He said when the fire brigade first arrived the weather was calm, but the wind quickly picked up, leaving motorists on the highway between 5.10pm and 6pm with low visibility.
The police were called to close the road from both sides and the DSE was called in to lop trees.
It took eight tankers 45 minutes to extinguish the fire and four hours to black out the area, Mr Thomas said.
Mooroopna family flees house fire.
The winning form continued for the Mulwala seniors against Deniliquin at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility, part of Goulburn Valley Health, held its annual June Hospital Collection and Open Day on Sunday with a small crowd in attendance.
Murray and Campaspe shire have decided to withdraw membership from Committee for Echuca-Moama.
Rochester Motorsport Complex will host the third round of the Golden Power Series karting championships on the weekend.
Kyabram’s first tourism booklet is to be launched in late September.
Seymour College P-4 students delight in their new surroundings.
Berrigan and Jerilderie Shires will be in separate state electorates if boundary redistributions announced on Monday come in to effect.
Heathcote Health is finalising its service plan.
Barooga Sports Club chief executive officer Greg Ryan recently celebrated 30 years of service surrounded by friends, family and past and present staff.
Former AFL player Heath Black sent an inspiring message to Deniliquin youths last week.
Goulburn Valley fruit growers may face a battle against pests and diseases this season as growers hit by SPC Ardmona’s fruit cutbacks abandon their orchards or can’t find money to properly maintain them.
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