Farm fire

January 10, 2018

Twenty-one CFA units attended a grassland and crop fire in Miepoll yesterday afternoon.

A Miepoll farmer driving a header caused a large fire, north-west of Euroa. He managed to save the header.

A farmer driving a header caused a large fire in Miepoll yesterday, burning more than 25ha of grassland and crop.

About 3.20pm, multiple calls were received from the area, including one from the Mt Wombat fire tower, reporting smoke in the region, north-west of Euroa.

More than 20 units attended the fire on the corner of Harringtons Rd and Violet Town-Boundary Rd, Miepoll.

‘‘Fifteen tankers, two helicopters and four command vehicles attended,’’ CFA District 22 operations manager Tony Owen said.

‘‘It took about 25 minutes to bring the blaze under control.’’

Luckily, the farmer was carrying all his mandatory firefighting equipment and managed to save his header.

‘‘A prompt call helped keep the damage to a minimum,’’ Mr Owen said.

‘‘With today’s (windy) weather conditions it could’ve been a lot worse, the helicopters were a real bonus.’’

Mr Owen said the incident was a reminder to farmers to make sure they carried mandatory firefighting equipment and paid attention to the weather.

‘‘It is inevitable that we will have emergencies, but it is about minimising the impact,’’ he said.

‘‘If in danger, dial 000 immediately.’’

A Strathbogie fire tanker and Victoria Police also attended.

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