Thirty-five Country Fire Authority crews and four firefighting aircrafts were used to battle a major grassfire south-east of Seymour.SOPHIE MALCOLM December 10, 2012 4:57am
More than 150 firefighters from across the state battled a grassfire near Seymour at the weekend.
The fire, which began about 10
Country Fire Authority incident controller John Leben said firefighters contended with strong winds and difficult terrain to contain the blaze just after 4.30
The fire was between Homewood Rd and Bottrils Lane, in an area Mr Leben said was ‘‘very steep’’ in some places.
Mr Leben said 35 crews, along with four firefighting aircraft, were involved in the effort.
‘‘Their effort last night was what allowed us to get it under control today,’’ Mr Leben said yesterday.
He said no homes were threatened, but an unknown number of sheep were killed and 50
CFA public information officer Paul Verbeek said the weekend’s weather impacted on the fire.
‘‘It’s been an unusual weekend; we had 37°C (on Saturday) and high winds and that cool change came through, and today it’s sort of mellowed out a bit,’’ Mr Verbeek said yesterday.
‘‘The winds are still around, but of course the relative humidity is up now and we’ve got a bit of moisture in the air, and the winds are starting .
Mr Leben urged nearby residents to monitor developments in the coming days.
‘‘People need to continue to be vigilant. There will be smoke in the area and there could be substantial smoke in some areas, due to the blue gum plantation,’’ he said.
Mr Leben said while the cause of the fire was unknown, there had been lightning in the area on Saturday.
He said fire investigators would continue to look into how the fire started.
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.
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