First hot day brings signs of a long fire season
LOCAL firefighters were called to a small grassfire last Thursday afternoon at the Angle Road Railway Crossing in Longwood.
The fire is believed to have started around 2.50pm, with crews from Creightons Creek, Longwood, Euroa and Balmattum all attending the scene.
CFA Shepparton operations officer Pete Dedman said smoke was first spotted by the Mt Wombat Fire Tower.
“An investigator was sent out to the scene but was unable to conclusively determine the cause of the fire,” Mr Dedman said.
“It’s ed as being treatnot suspicious.” The fire burnt through into the grass and into some trees in the area.
Mr Dedman also said there is relatively dry fuel moisture content of fire fuels, which are a lot drier than this time last year.
Sergeant Joel Hughes from Euroa Police has reminded all community members that the Fire Danger Period for Strathbogie Shire commenced on October 22 and will last until 1 May 2019.
“This means that during this period, fire restrictions are in place and you cannot light a fire in the open air unless you have a permit or comply with certain requirements,” Sergeant Hughes said.
“In recent years in the local area, numerous persons have been prosecuted by police for these offences.
“A lot of people claim they were not aware that the fire restrictions were in place or of their obligations, however that is not a defence that prevents people from being prosecuted.”
Euroa Police are again reminding the community that the fire restrictions are in place to keep the community safe and it is important that all of the community abides by them.