Grass­fire sparks a stern warn­ing

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Josh Barn­sta­ble

FIRE brigades from Kyabram, Ton­gala and Wyuna re­sponded to a grass fire on Palmer Rd, Ky Valley, on Satur­day af­ter­noon. The fire started from an il­le­gal burn from the prop­erty owner, and burnt about an acre of grass land and sev­eral round hay bales. It took units 15 min­utes to bring the fire un­der con­trol. The po­lice were called and sub­se­quently the prop­erty owner has been in­ter­viewed. Kyabram Fire Brigade cap­tain Mick Cromp­ton said it was a timely re­minder that re­stric­tions were now in force and the cause of all fires would be in­ves­ti­gated. ‘‘A re­minder that any­one wish­ing to light a fire must seek per­mis­sion from the lo­cal fire brigade and be in pos­ses­sion of a per­mit,’’ he said. Re­stric­tions within the Cam­paspe Shire mean po­lice will pros­e­cute an in­di­vid­ual light­ing a fire with­out a per­mit. ‘‘With sum­mer fast ap­proach­ing, the chance of a ma­jor fire is in­creas­ing,’’ he said. ‘‘Ev­ery­one must be cau­tious to en­sure the safety of them­selves and their com­mu­nity.’’

Fire crews from Kyabram, Ton­gala and Wyuna bat­tle a grass fire on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

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