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Grass fire burns over wet ground

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December 08, 2017

Landholders should not be complacent about fire danger after the weekend’s extensive rain, according to the Rural Fire Service.

RFS Mid Murray Zone district assistant Terry Campbell said 50ha of grassland was burned at a Moulamein property on Wednesday, despite the land still being soggy under foot.

‘‘The RFS volunteers reported driving through mud and puddles, but the top had obviously dried up enough to get the fire running,’’ Mr Campbell said.

‘‘We were called about 5.40pm and Moulamein (brigade) attended with its new Category 6 tanker. They arrived at the Balranald Road property within 20 minutes of the call and were able to have the fire contained and mopped up by 6.30pm.

‘‘The cause of the fire was an eagle shorting out powerlines.’’

Two other grassfires were reported in the Mid Murray Zone on Wednesday.

A small fire off Elliott Lane in Jerilderie was believed to have been caused by farming activity, according to RFS.

Mr Campbell said firefighters ‘‘stomped on it fairly quickly’’ before it could take hold. Three appliances from the Yooroobla and Jerilderie brigades responded to the call about 12.20pm.

The other fire was at Barham on Wednesday afternoon where about a hectare of grassland was burned from an unauthorised rubbish fire, Mr Campbell said.

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