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Wild winds cause power outage, blaze in Greater Shepparton

Downed powerlines sparked a fire and left residents without electricity in Shepparton, Mooroopna and Tatura yesterday.

DARREN LINTON January 6, 2014 4:27am

Firefighters extinguish a fire near Mooroopna.

More than 1000 homes were left without power late yesterday after strong winds brought down powerlines and sparked a fire.

Most of the affected properties were in Kialla, but there were also smaller outages at Girgarre, Mooroopna and Tatura, as wind gusts of more than 60km/h hit the region about 6pm.

Downed powerlines also sparked a grassfire on the Mooroopna side of the Peter Ross-Edwards Causeway.

Seven CFA units fought the grassfire, which posed no threat to property and was deemed safe by 6.45pm.

Power to Kialla, the worst-affected area was restored by 7pm.

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