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When the weather gets too hot in the twin towns there is al­ways need for some­where to get out of the sun and still have some­thing to smile about. And it looks as though Paige Rus­sell has the prob­lem licked – she dropped into Frinkle at Moama Bowl­ing Club for a hol­i­day treat.

RES­I­DENTS watched anx­iously as the CFA and For­est Fire Man­age­ment Vic­to­ria crews bat­tled a 1.5ha grass fire in Echuca Vil­lage Re­serve on Wednesday af­ter­noon.

More than 10 CFA and FFMVic ve­hi­cles at­tended, in­clud­ing crews from Echuca, Echuca Vil­lage, Ton­gala, Yam­buna and a wa­ter­bomb­ing chop­per from Shep­par­ton.

Jeff Wilkie, FFMVic se­nior fire man­age­ment of­fi­cer, said the fire took about 40 min­utes to bring un­der con­trol.

“The cause of the fire is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion at this stage and FFMVic rep­re­sen­ta­tives were on the scene on Thursday black­ing out any fires,” he said.

“It was brought un­der con­trol with a min­eral earth break and crews were go­ing around with a ther­mal imag­ing cam­era to iden­tify hot spots.

“Given the weather com­ing, crews will most likely be out there (to­day) mon­i­tor­ing but hope­fully it’ll be se­cured by the week­end.”

Mr Wilkie said given the cur­rent con­di­tions, campers should exercise cau­tion with fires and en­sure they’re ad­her­ing to reg­u­la­tions.

“Any­one who has camp­fires should be sure to ad­here to reg­u­la­tions — no more than one me­tre by one me­tre, dug in —and su­per­vise the fire,” he said.

“Unat­tended camp­fires are not al­lowed and if peo­ple do see smoke, call triple zero.”

Mr Wilkie said any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the fire should con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Photo: Cath Grey

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