CFA douses vine­yard blaze

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

TWENTY-three CFA ve­hi­cles and two he­li­copters re­sponded to a grass­fire in Mount Camel that burned about 40 hectares of a vine­yard and sur­round­ing pad­docks.

At 5pm on Fe­bru­ary 1, brigades were called out to a fire that is be­lieved to have been started by a trac­tor slash­ing grass around grapevines.

“There were a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of brigades called be­cause of the na­ture of the ter­rain and a strong wind from the south, which meant there was po­ten­tial for the fire to spread rapidly,” Heathcote CFA cap­tain Carl Watkins said.

The brigade would like to ex­tend its thanks to the Heathcote Bowls Club who took on the mam­moth task of feed­ing the 120 fire­fight­ers who at­tended the blaze.

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