Incident name: Grampians- Roses Gap Road
Brigades: Stawell, Lubeck, Halls Gap, Green Lake, Glenorchy
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Attention was focused on the strong winds predicted for the afternoon with Region 17 Operations Manager Dale Russell sending planes up at about 2pm to check for dry lightning strikes.
He was right to be concerned. With a strong north-westerly blowing, a series of lightning strikes hit the
The 9.30pm wind change blew the fire towards the town, home of the Giant Koala tourist attraction, also burning 15 kilometres of fencing, farmland and livestock. The
Some 200 DSE and CFA firefighters created a 17-kilometre control line overnight with four aircraft also helping to contain the fire which reached bushland that had not burnt for 100 years.
Cross Roads brigade member David Oddie suffered burns to his leg after stepping into an ash pit. He was treated by ambulance at the staging area before being taken to Stawell hospital. By Sunday he was resting at home and was described by Operations Officer Ross Anderson as “a bit sore”. Two other firefighters were also treated for burns at Horsham hospital.