District volunteers who formed part of a strike team to fight bushfires near Portland last week have returned home.ELAINE COONEY January 16, 2013 4:40am
Members of the 2090 strike group from the Northern Campaspe (Firefighting) Group Ray Kilsby, Simon O'Callaghan, Colin Harris, Vaughn Thomas, Darren Cater, Tyson Williams and Ash Hind in Lockington after their return from firefighting near Portland.
A group of firefighters from the Northern Campaspe region formed a strike team which spent two nights fighting bushfires in Heywood near Portland last week.
Volunteers from Rochester, Lockington, Colbinabbin, Pyramid Hill, Torrumbarry, Echuca and Koondruck returned home on Friday afternoon knowing the fire was labelled ‘‘contained’’.
Twelve firefighters from the region went to help with the fire that destroyed 11,561 hectares of land.
More than 200 personnel, 25 tankers and 37 slip-ons were at the fire ground.
The Northern Campaspe group worked two night shifts on the fire’s back burn, clearing scrub and ensuring the fire did not cross roads.
Rochester firefighter Colin Harris said the strike team was careful not to allow the fire into dense bush as the area was swampy and would have been difficult to access.
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