The Country Fire Authority is asking people to be vigilant when cutting grass after lawnmowers sparked two grassfires near Seymour.JENNA BISHOP January 9, 2014 4:11am
A small grassfire north of Seymour started after a mower hit a rock and sent a spark into nearby dry grass, burning close to 17 ha
The Country Fire Authority is urging people to be vigilant when cutting dry grass after two separate grass fires burnt more than 30
Eight CFA units, including five tankers, took just over 30 minutes to control the fire after a mower hit a rock and sent a spark into the dry stubble.
On Monday afternoon, a second fire burnt 10
CFA District 12 operations officer John Smith said the fire was a warning for people to be cautious when mowing or slashing dry grass, especially in windy conditions.
‘‘If people are mowing, they should try and do it earlier in the morning when there still could be moisture in the ground from overnight dew,’’ he said.
Mr Smith advised people to consider operating with a second person equipped with water to act as a spotter behind the mower to watch for any sparks.
‘‘If it hits a rock and sparks and it smoulders in the grass, you could be 50
He said people should also have the appropriate firefighting equipment for the job being undertaken, including mowing grass.
The CFA is also encouraging people to check trailers before travelling after poor trailer maintenance sparked two grass fires on the Hume Fwy and the Lancefield-Tooborac Rd.
Mr Smith said a disintegrating brake drum on a trailer sparked the Hume Fwy fire, while a speedboat trailer that lost a wheel and then hit the road caused a fire near Tooborac.
‘‘They’re preventable fires because that’s just a lack of maintenance.’’
Mr Smith said strong winds such as those on Sunday would also hamper firefighting efforts.
‘‘If a fire does start, it will be difficult to contain it. We need to make sure everyone is vigilant about what they’re doing which could start a fire.’’
The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for regions that include Shepparton. It includes damaging winds and the potential for flash flooding.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
GVAC women Rachel Pratt and Jacquie Fitzpatrick showed the men, and the large crowd at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday, March 28, they have what it takes when competing in the men’s classes.
Two international backpackers have taken aim at contractors who hired them to pick fruit in the region without payment.
Rochester boxing coach Chris Trewin and his team of dedicated trainers have been hitting the bag for more than six months and the results are beginning to show.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
Strathmerton clinched a win in the high-scoring game against Mathoura on the weekend in the PDFL North West competition.
Deniliquin swimming dynamo Stephen Dalzell has finished 13th overall in his preferred event at the Australian Age Championships.
Murray Goulburn Co-operative has set a date for a special meeting to vote on a new capital structure.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.