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Grass and scrub fire 2013

GRASS AND SCRUB FIRES DURING JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2013

The volunteers at Rowville Fire Brigade have been busy during the high fire danger months of January and February 2013.

They have been deployed on Strike Teams to Seymour, Healesville-Badger Creek, Aberfeldy-Donnelly’s Creek, Wonga Park, Kangaroo Ground and Heyfield to assist in controlling and blacking out the fires in those areas.

The Aberfeldy fires in Victoria’s east have been burning for 25 days and as at 12 February had burnt through over 82,820 hectares and still continue to break containment lines.

Rowville appliances also attended a grass and scrub fire on the Dandenong Bypass reserve which blocked traffic and spread towards factories in Dandenong South on Friday, 4th January and a further small grass and scrub fire on Stud Road near the Dandenong Creek on 6th February.

Rowville members have also been called out to attend numerous grass and scrub fires on the EastLink Tollway, Wellington and Napoleon Roads.

It is very important to remember that with the continuing dry conditions we do not need to have 40° temperatures and high north westerly winds for a grass fire to start and take hold quickly.

It is crucial that cigarette butts are NOT thrown from car windows, but are placed in car ashtrays. Lighted cigarette butts are the main cause of fires alongside freeways and exit/entry ramps and roadside nature strips. It is also a criminal offence to throw a lighted cigarette butt from a vehicle on a day of Total Fire Ban.

Fire restrictions are currently in force, effective from 7th January until 1st May 2013, which means no burning off. If in doubt contact Knox City Council (9298 8000) or CFA, Eastern Metropolitan Region (8739 1300).

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