News & Media

District 17 News

Total Fire Ban for Mallee and Northern Country

A Total Fire Ban (TFB) has been declared for the Mallee and Northern Country tomorrow for Friday, 12 January 2018.

 3.19 PM 11 January, 2018

Large hay bale fires in the north-west and west

Early in the morning of 27 December, CFA firefighters were alerted to a large hay bale fire in Natimuk.

 3.13 PM 27 December, 2017

How group officers plan for risk

Over a series of five interviews, we talk to group officers across our regions to find out about their local risks and how they prepare for the summer.

 11.00 AM 14 December, 2017

Total Fire Ban for Mallee and Wimmera

A Total Fire Ban (TFB) has been declared for the Mallee and Wimmera regions tomorrow (Wednesday 13 December). 

 6.38 PM 12 December, 2017

Fire restrictions in West and North East

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on 27 November 2017:

 1.31 PM 21 November, 2017

Fire restrictions in West, North West, North East

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on 20 November 2017:

 11.30 AM 14 November, 2017

Fire restrictions in West, North West

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on 30 October 2017:

 11.15 AM 27 October, 2017

Help for brigades facing rural decline

There’s been a population boom in Victoria. The 2016 Census shows that more than 6.1 million people now call Victoria home - an increase of more than 15 per cent in just ten years.

 5.06 PM 15 August, 2017

Horsham firey educates local kids

Horsham volunteer Bernie Hadfield not only loves his role as a CFA firey but he’s also passionate about educating local kids about fire safety.

 10.49 AM 3 August, 2017

Coimadai cements its future

Coimadai Fire Brigade members have kept alive a fine tradition by once again building their own fire station.

 10.01 AM 17 March, 2017

Death of Dimboola stalwart Bill McCann

From humble beginnings, success with running teams and a lifetime of firefighting experience, Bill McCann's achievements were celebrated by Dimboola member Bronwyn Hastings in this CFA News and Media story from 2013. 

 2.34 PM 16 March, 2017

CFA burn camps: learning by doing

Planned burning reduces bushfire risk by increasing the likelihood of suppression and reducing radiant heat and ember impacts on assets.

 2.45 PM 3 February, 2017

Des rewarded for outstanding service

Late last year (24 November) CFA’s Des Phelan unassumingly attended what he thought was a Christmas party; little did he know his colleagues had something much more exciting in mind.

 9.01 AM 3 February, 2017

Harvest workshops in Wimmera reduce fires

CFA volunteer Kevin Bolwell has helped to reduce fires caused by harvesting machinery in the Wimmera, through running a series of workshops for farmers in the area.

 1.01 PM 30 January, 2017

Grassfire in Kellalac

UPDATE, Thursday 3.10pm : The grassfire in Kellalac is now under control.

 2.19 PM 5 January, 2017

Grassfire in Boolite

Earlier today (Monday, 2 January) CFA crews attended a grassfire on Donald road in Boolite.

 6.01 PM 2 January, 2017

Fire restrictions continue

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on Monday, 5 December 2016:

 10.49 AM 30 November, 2016

Air fleet ready to help protect the Wimmera

Victoria's firefighting aircraft fleet is getting ready for the 2016-17 fire season with planes and helicopters now being sent to regional bases across the state.

 11.03 AM 29 November, 2016

Westmere Group Officer John Chapman talks risk

While 19 brigades might sound unwieldy, they form a tight unit in District 16’s Westmere Group to the east of the Grampians.

 3.15 PM 28 November, 2016

Fire restrictions continue

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on Monday, 28 November 2016

 9.30 AM 22 November, 2016