Fires burn through area
RESIDENTS around the shire were welcomed to the relief centre at Euroa Cinema last Friday, after an uncontrolled grass fire made its way through the Strathbogie region.
A watch and act message was distributed for the township of Strathbogie at 4.45pm on Friday , when the fire was reported as travelling in a south-easterly direction away from Kippings Road, south of Coach Road towards Shorts Road.
The fire was under control and successfully slowed by Sunday morning with 28 brigades attending to the scene, along with teams of DELWP forest firefighters from Benalla and Mansfield and strong air support.
Seven aerial appliances also attended the scene to spray lines of retardant across the blaze.
Incident controller Chris Thomson was on the ground as the fire burned 80 hectares of land.
“It was travelling pretty quick and full on there or a couple of hours,” Mr Thomson said.
“With a wind change coming in a 6.30pm on Friday night a red flag warning was issued.
“Thankfully with that warning there was no damage to the forest and the fire didn’t even get near it.”
Firefighters were later greeted to a well-deserved food break at the Strathbogie Hall, as cooked meals were served by Azem Elmaz from Lutfiyes Shish Kebab in Shepparton.
Member for Euroa Steph Ryan applauded the region’s firefighters who worked to protect properties from a bushfire at Strathbogie.
“Although the fire was in some difficult terrain, the efforts of CFA volunteers and DELWP forest firefighters stopped it from entering the Strathbogie State Forest,” Ms Ryan said.
“The management of this fire is a testament to the professionalism and expertise of our local volunteer brigades.”
About 120 people attended a community meeting at Strathbogie Hall on Saturday as incident personal from CFA, Victoria Police and Strathbogie Council all gathered to inform community of fire updates.
Council said they would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers and emergency services who did a fantastic job responding to the recent fire in Strathbogie.
“We can’t thank them enough for the great work they do protecting our communities,” they said.
The fire is being treated as not suspicious, but the cause is still being investigated.
SCORCHED: Firefighters black out an area where the grass fire burnt through.