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Incidents - Bushfire

Western Districts fires 40 year anniversary

The Sun News-Pictorial emblazoned their cover with a photo of devastation in the township of Streatham and called 12 February 1977 “the day the west caught fire”.

 9.08 AM 13 February, 2017

Grassfire in Diggers Rest

On Saturday 4 February, CFA firefighters evacuated residents in Melbourne’s northwest as an out-of-control grassfire threatened homes. 

 1.57 PM 6 February, 2017

Lyndhurst fire closes railway

CFA firefighters responded to a grassfire just before midday today, Tuesday 31 January, at Boland Drive in Lyndhurst.

 7.36 PM 31 January, 2017

Twentieth anniversary of Dandenong Ranges fire

Today marks 20 years since fierce flames destroyed 41 homes, killed three people and ripped through more than 400 hectares of bushland covering much of the Dandenong Ranges.

 5.00 PM 20 January, 2017

Tankers with wings

“They are just tankers with wings.” CFA aviation officer Wayne Rigg is walking across Avalon Airport’s apron pointing to RJ and Hercules. 

 11.01 AM 6 January, 2017

Bacchus Marsh FB creates buffer for town

Brigades from Bacchus Marsh, Myrniong and Coimadai took part in a strategic hazard reduction burn today on the outskirts of Bacchus Marsh.

 7.27 PM 11 December, 2016

Thank you from Wye River Fire Brigade

The members of Wye River Fire Brigade want to acknowledge and pass on our sincere thanks to all the CFA brigades that came to our aid to help us fight the devastating Christmas Day fire that threatened to destroy our entire town. 

 12.36 PM 10 June, 2016

"You couldn't see the ground below you"

Twenty hours on the back of a fire truck, a stint in crew protection mode and three separate sprints to the station for fresh incidents. Brady Dunne will always remember his marathon first day as a CFA firefighter.

 2.37 PM 6 May, 2016

Out-of-control burn-offs prompt warning

CFA is urging Victorians to take extreme care when burning off after responding to a high volume of out-of-control private burn-offs since the end of fire restrictions in the majority of municipalities.

 11.58 AM 14 April, 2016

Mount Mercer plantation fire suspicious

Firefighters have battled strong winds to contain a fire that burnt into a plantation at Mount Mercer. 

 3.55 PM 5 April, 2016

Chief Officer tours Tassie fireground

Chief Officer Joe Buffone has toured the Tasmanian fireground ahead of the return of 84 CFA firefighters from their deployment interstate.

 12.51 PM 29 February, 2016

Third CFA deployment heads to Tasmania

CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone has farewelled a deployment of 88 CFA members to Tasmania.

 5.31 PM 24 February, 2016

Mount Bolton – Laverys Road fire

Emergency services have worked through the night to contain a large fire at Mt Bolton, north-west of Ballarat.

 8.04 AM 24 February, 2016

Chief Officer visits Scotsburn crews

CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone has visited some of the members who were first on scene to the Scotsburn fire.

 2.09 PM 2 February, 2016

Smoke from Tassie fires drifts over VIctoria

For the second time in 10 days Victorians are being urged not call Triple Zero if they smell smoke in the air, with a plume from fires in northern and western Tasmania drifting over Victoria.

 2.05 PM 25 January, 2016

On the road with the Chief Officer

A visit to District 24 last week by Chief Officer Joe Buffone ended with an unexpected close-up view of brigades at work, courtesy of a fast-moving grassfire south of Wodonga.

 4.04 PM 19 January, 2016

Community spirit high in Wye

On Christmas morning, Wye River Fire Brigade Captain Roy Moriarty held a meeting to review and confirm the town’s fire plan – a plan developed by locals that would eventually save the lives of hundreds of community members and visitors to the area.

 4.01 PM 28 December, 2015

Scotsburn - Community rallies in support

Within hours of news that homes had been lost the community around Scotsburn, near Ballarat, was already rallying to support those affected.

 1.44 PM 23 December, 2015

Scotsburn - A FireReady approach

After a week of warnings about the fire danger that weekend, David and Julia had already decided that they would leave if conditions took to a turn for the worse.

 1.16 PM 23 December, 2015

Hot weekend weather put Victorians to the test

The state experienced an extended period of extreme heat and fire danger over the weekend, with fire services responding to more than 600 incidents. 

 5.44 PM 21 December, 2015