Fire stopped in its tracks

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE -

THE mow­ing of a fur­ther block of land on the out­skirts of Mans­field caused yet an­other fire on Fri­day.

On Fri­day af­ter­noon a youth has started mow­ing a block at Kate Court (Kareen Hills Es­tate) when 300-400mm high grass caught alight.

He had been dropped off by an older male who has left him there with the trailer and fuel.

The mower had been fu­elled and the noz­zle left in so the can was ef­fec­tively open next to the trailer.

It was re­ported the youth worked hard to put the fire out, but a con­sid­er­able area was burnt com­ing to within 25 me­tres of a neigh­bor­ing house.

Two Mans­field CFA units ar­rived to help as well as the Mans­field Shire fire preven­tion of­fi­cer, John Rowe, and po­lice of­fi­cers.

While the fire was, to a de­gree, a bit of bad luck, the prob­lem was the f a c t t he youth had no f i r e f i ghti ng equip­ment, no knap­sack spray, nor had ar­ranged any ac­cess to use any wa­ter from any neighbor.

There is no wa­ter con­nected on the block.

Should that fire have gone much fur­ther it had the pos­si­bil­ity of in­cur­ring sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.

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