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Incidents - Bushfire

Firefighters get upper hand on major blazes

Victorian firefighters are continuing to work on two significant fires in the northern central region after being able to pull up more than 160 others this week.

 3.12 PM 9 October, 2015

Benloch member’s animal-care offer

Benloch member Shelley Cowen changed the mood of the Lancefield community meeting last night when she stood up with a significant offer.

 2.39 PM 9 October, 2015

CFA crews praised for efforts

CFA firefighters have been praised for their efforts in protecting lives and property during major bushfires this week.

 1.13 PM 8 October, 2015

Busy weekend for brigades

This uncharacteristically warm Grand Final weekend has proven to be a busy one for CFA crews with 62 vegetation fires on Saturday alone.

 1.53 PM 4 October, 2015

Aussie emergency crews head to US

A contingent of Australian and New Zealand emergency personnel will fly to the United States this weekend to assist with fighting more than 100 wildfires burning in the north west of the country.

 5.39 PM 20 August, 2015

Australian fireys assist with Canada wildfires

Ninety-five emergency personnel from across Australia will fly to Vancouver to assist with the escalating wildfire situation in Canada.

 4.30 PM 12 July, 2015

Fire at Benloch

Update at 4.48pm: Firefighters have brought the Benloch fire under control. Crews are likely to remain on the ground overnight.

 4.42 PM 4 May, 2015

Planned Burning Notification System

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has developed a web-based system to notify people when a planned burn on public land is close to being ignited.

 12.57 PM 27 April, 2015

The Chief fights a fire in Trawool

Chief Officer Euan Ferguson and his wife Kristen travelled to Tallarook Fire Station, south of Seymour, to support an art fundraising event, but ended up fighting a fire in Trawool.

 1.53 PM 5 April, 2015

A poem of gratitude for our fireys

Andrew Guild has written a poem to mark the anniversary of the February 2014 fires in Warrandyte. The fires were contained by CFA crews and they stopped the situation from becoming a repeat of the 1939 bushfire which burnt half of the Warrandyte township to the ground.

 9.32 AM 26 February, 2015

Flowerdale fire controlled

A small grassfire on Whittlesea-Yea Road in Flowerdale has been contained thanks to quick work by fire crews.

 5.37 PM 19 February, 2015

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.

 12.50 PM 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.

 10.51 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.

 4.31 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.

 4.09 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.

 2.35 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.

 10.00 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.

 3.51 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.

 3.21 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.

 6.07 PM 5 January, 2015