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Houses saved in Echuca grassfire

Posted by CFA Media
Thursday, 23 February 2012

Several houses which were under threat in a grass and scrub fire have been saved.

19 CFA trucks were called to a series of small fires just before 12.30pm which started along a railway line at Echuca.

Two water aircraft and up to 80 firefighters battled the blaze which took just over two hours to bring under control.

The series of fires that ran along the train line spanned nine kilometres in length and burnt 130 hectares of land.

Several properties, which backed straight onto the train line, were saved but one small hayshed was destroyed.

CFA issued a Watch and Act message at 12.48pm which applied to the towns of Echuca and Kanyapella South. This alert was downgraded to an Advice message at 3.30pm for the towns of Echuca Village, Simmie, Strathallan, Echuca and Kanyapella South.

Crews will remain on scene for the next couple of hours blacking out and patrolling the area.

The fire will be investigated but CFA believes the fires were caused by overheated wheel bearings from a train.

Brigades invloved were from Girgarre, Kyabram, Northern Campaspe, Echuca, Kotta, Pine Grove, Tennyson, Wyuna, Bawawm, Barmah, Lockington, Rochester, Tongala, Gunbower and Torrumbarry.

Please see this Riverine Herald article which shows photos of the incident.

For more information please contact CFA Media on (03) 5330 3124.

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