Fires burn through area

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By GRACE EVANS

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.

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