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Incidents - Bushfire

Victorian emergency services return home from WA

The majority of the 150 Victorian emergency services personnel who have been in Western Australia assisting with firefighting efforts will return home from today.

 11.50 AM 8 February, 2015

Fire season - lessons learned to date

As anticipated, we experienced an early start to fire season across our District. Below average rainfall in most parts throughout winter and spring resulted in the early curing of grass, drying of forest fuels, along with below average levels in dams and water catchments.

 9.51 AM 2 February, 2015

Crews put a quick stop to Willowmavin grass fire

Despite the mild conditions today, at 12.50pm CFA crews responded to a grass fire with a reported column of smoke coming from a bluegum plantation in Williowmavin, just north-west of Kilmore and north of Melbourne.

 3.31 PM 31 January, 2015

Reflecting on South Australian deployment

Victoria committed numerous strike teams, specialists in areas ranging from aircraft deployment to impact assessment and liaison officers to early January’s South Australian fires, totalling about 240 personnel.

 3.09 PM 27 January, 2015

Leaders talk Creightons Creek fire

By the time the pager message came in for this incident mid-afternoon on Tuesday 16 December, Group Officer Graeme Seach of Euroa Group was already worried.

 1.35 PM 22 January, 2015

The day disaster struck Longwood in 1965

In this personal account, Max Cox says the morning of 17 January, 1965 and the days that followed will remain etched in his mind forever.

 9.00 AM 20 January, 2015

Tooborac fire burns into forest

A 60-hectare grass and scrub fire has burnt into forest near Toobarac, west of Seymour in Victoria's North East.

 2.51 PM 16 January, 2015

Hastings image reaches 75,000

The major fire in Hastings on Saturday 3 January 2015 had local residents rushing online for local information.

 2.21 PM 6 January, 2015

More Victorian firefighters deployed to SA

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has farewelled another 19 CFA firefighters departing for South Australia this afternoon.

 5.07 PM 5 January, 2015

Captain speaks from Moyston fireground

There’s still plenty of action on the Moyston fireground.

 3.25 PM 5 January, 2015

Fires at home, itchy feet for recruit

“It felt pretty ordinary being here learning how to be a firefighter when your joint was on fire,” said newly qualified career firefighter recruit Ben Todd, 26, who started his first posting today at Geelong City Fire Brigade after graduating last Friday.

 4.36 PM 23 December, 2014

From the Wodonga West fireground: GALLERY

Wodonga had “dodged a massive bullet” with firefighters defeating a blaze that had been burning out of control west of the city since Monday 15 December.

 10.33 AM 23 December, 2014

Creightons Creek fire update

Crews remain at the Creightons Creek fire today monitoring the situation and working to contain hot spots, with the focus yesterday (Saturday) on burning out a section of bush in the Mount Ceceila area to consolidate a control line. New aerial photos meanwhile show areas near Ruffy that were impacted by fire.  

 12.52 PM 20 December, 2014

New aircraft assist with Creightons Creek fire

Fire crews have been stretched this week, with a number of fires burning around the north east of the state. The Creightons Creek fire, south of Euroa, started on Tuesday and has so far burnt through almost 5000 hectares of private property and bushland. 

 7.00 AM 18 December, 2014

Fire Updates: Lake Rowan & Stewarton

The Lake Rowan fire has burned 5,639 hectares of private grassland and sections of the Warby-Ovens National Park. 

 6.56 AM 18 December, 2014

Wodonga West fire could worsen on Tuesday

Firefighters warned people yesterday in West Wodonga to prepare for the possibility that a fire burning 6 kilometres west of the city could threaten properties on the urban fringe on Tuesday 16 December.

 7.44 PM 15 December, 2014

Fast moving fire at Harrow

Eleven CFA crews are fighting a fast moving 200-hectare grassfire at Harrow, north of Hamilton.

 4.08 PM 11 December, 2014

Fire at Pine Lodge

Thirteen tankers and an aircraft have brought a fire at Pine Lodge under control.

 11.52 AM 11 December, 2014

Yandoit grassfire threatens properties

A grassfire started at approx 3.30pm today (Saturday 6 December) in Yandoit, north-west of Melbourne. The fire was fanned by a south-easterly wind which pushed the fire in a north-westerly direction.

 5.17 PM 6 December, 2014

Busy afternoon for Kyneton, Redesdale

A grass fire at Kyneton was brought under control at 4pm this afternoon (Friday 5 December), with twelve CFA attending.

 3.34 PM 5 December, 2014