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Firefighters confident blaze near Seymour contained

CFA crews are keeping an eye on a Whiteheads Creek bushfire, but are confident it will remain within containment lines.

FIONA BROOM December 11, 2012 4:14am

A Country Fire Authority firefighter looks across burnt land at Whiteheads Creek.

Fire crews are monitoring a bushfire at Whiteheads Creek, near Seymour, ahead of an expected wind change and renewed high temperatures during the next couple of days.

It is believed the fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday afternoon and burnt about 620ha.

Firefighters said they were confident the fire would remain within containment lines.

A mineral earth break has been built around the fire and crews worked until 3.30am yesterday. Thirteen trucks and aircraft remained on scene yesterday to black out spot fires and patrol the containment line.

Country Fire Authority said 250ha of bluegum plantation, 15 sheep and 50km of fencing were destroyed.

The fire was initially believed to have burnt about 1800ha, but the area was revised down after aerial tracking and mapping.

Whiteheads Creek residents have been advised smoke and fire could be visible, while Homewood and Kobyboyn Rds remained closed except for local traffic.

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