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.’’
Community support needed for drug and alcohol treatment centre near Numurkah.
Yarrawonga/Mulwala's largest ever professional golf event, the Shepparton BMW Senior Victorian Open, got underway today with 124 players hitting off from 8am to 1pm on Yarrawonga's Black Bull Golf Course at Silverwoods.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
JON Lam’s exhibition Heart to Art will open at Alton Gallery on Friday
THE second annual Christmas town party in Lockington did not quite attract the crowd organisers were hoping for, but it failed to dampen their spirit.
Special supplement in this weeks edition
For Tocumwal’s Lynda Snowden, working the land hasn’t stopped her from falling in love with the majestic surrounds of her day to day life.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
The cuteness level at Maryanne Ryan’s place is overflowing the bucket, with the arrival of baby Dougal the donkey.
Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee says she is disgusted with the treatment of local nurses.
Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone has been criticised by two Victorian MPs for suggesting the Federal Government should stop spending money on the $2 billion irrigation modernisation program until problems are sorted out.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
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.