First hot day brings signs of a long fire sea­son

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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