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Fast attack saves homes

Posted by Ian van der Werff CFA Member
Sunday, 26 February 2012

Prompt response by local fire brigades prevented a fast moving grass fire from destroying several homes at Kyneton on Saturday.

The fire which broke out in Rogers Drive at 1.30 pm under hot and windy conditions, quickly spread and  burnt through a number of properties with flames burning to within metres of residences and out buildings.

The CFA issued a Watch and Act public warning message over the ABC and other media outlets.

The quick action by first arriving brigades saved the houses and further support soon arrived to restrict the damage to grass, trees and some fencing. A firebombing helicopter from Bendigo was deployed to drop loads of water on a number of troublesome hotspots.

A large excavator was used to knock down a large hollow gum tree which was burning internally and additional equipment from Macedon Ranges Shire also assisted to open up other piles of burning fuel. The fire was restricted to approximately 8 hectares.

Kyneton Group Officer, John Pearce  was full of praise for the fast and efficient efforts of the fire fighters. He said “ The first arriving appliances recognised the potential for rapid fire spread and called for urgent back up support. This enabled to crews to concentrate on saving the lives and properties of the residents pending arrival of the supporting brigades. “

Group Officer Pearce also commended the fire prevention works done by many property owners around their own properties.

“The fact that many homes were well prepared with mown lawns and non flammable vegetation surrounding them certainly contributed to their survival.’ G/O Pearce said.

Brigades were on scene until 8.30 pm on Saturday night and returned on Sunday morning to patrol and extinguish a number of hotspots which had reignited overnight.

Appliances attended from Carlsruhe, Kyneton, Malmsbury, Pastoria, Spring Hill, Tylden, Langley-Barfold, Trentham and Woodend brigades, with support from Macedon Ranges Shire and a private contractor.  At the height of the blaze, a tanker from Gisborne brigade was stepped up to stand in at Kyneton Fire Station to provide additional cover to the local district.

Submitted on behalf of
Kyneton Group Officer, John Pearce

(Photos by D14 Ground Observer team)

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