Fire pre­cau­tions start fire

Mansfield Courier - - SPORTS PERSON - By RICHARD JAGO

A FIRE truck and a tanker from Mans­field were called to a grass­fire in Howes Creek Road last Fri­day.

Farmer Peter Yencken had been slash­ing the verge be­side one of his pad­docks to cre­ate a fire­break, when he ac­tu­ally man­aged to start a lo­calised fire.

“You can see how high the phalaris was on the verge,” he said.

“I ran over a piece of steel, there was a spark, and sud­denly the whole of the grassy verge was on fire.”

Al­though he called out his own fire truck, the blaze was es­tab­lished and fur­ther help was re­quired, but once the lo­cal fireys ar­rived, it was quickly put out.

Mans­field CFA cap­tain Mick Jones said the fire was be­tween the road and a ploughed pad­dock, so it wasn’t go­ing to run far.

“We won’t be here long,” he said.

SO EASY: A lo­cal farmer’s bid to pre­vent dan­ger­ous fires ad­ja­cent his property ac­tu­ally re­sulted in a fire on the road verge.

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