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District 17 News

CO reviews water bombing strategy

Victoria’s top emergency managers flew to Hamilton Airport last week to discuss a proposal to alter the water bombing strategy for the coming fire season.

 11.47 AM 6 September, 2013

Edenhope volunteers recognised

Edenhope Fire Brigade recently presented awards recognising their members for the tremendous efforts and the vital roles that they have fulfilled to their community.

 2.51 PM 4 September, 2013

Poolaijelo's worthy life member

In honour of his long and dedicated commitment to CFA and Poolaijelo brigade, Rodger Todd, an original member of the brigade, has been awarded a CFA life membership at the annual post-season meeting of the brigade at the Poolaijelo Hall.

 9.57 AM 9 July, 2013

On CFA's menu of top employers

To celebrate National Volunteer Week (13-19 May), CFA is saying “thanks a million” to its volunteers, families and employers for everything they do. This week we will feature a series of profile stories to highlight the great work and diversity of our volunteer members.

 9.29 AM 16 May, 2013

Hopetoun West, Yaapeet stations open

The Yaapeet and Hopetoun West communities welcomed their new fire stations at official ceremonies held in mid April.

 5.02 PM 26 April, 2013

Burning the Lake

Following on from a request from GWM Water to burn Dock Lake last year a very successful operation was completed on the 02/04/2013.

 6.33 PM 12 April, 2013

Fancy stepping back in time?

Together with Sovereign Hill, Grampians Region will be hosting a very special series of events showcasing the history of firefighting in the gold rush era.

 3.37 PM 1 March, 2013

Housewife's take on Grampians fire

Lexia Irving, a CFA volunteer with the Edenhope brigade in District 17, shares her account of being a member of a CFA Strike Team in the Grampians Fires 2013.***

 3.54 PM 26 February, 2013

Victoria Valley Complex update

The Victoria Valley Complex fire now covers an area of approximately 31,500 hectares and has increased by 6,500 hectares since Thursday. This fire in not yet under control.

 12.09 PM 22 February, 2013

From Victoria Valley fire frontline

Don Robertson is the Dundas Group communications officer – the group at the heart of the Victoria Valley complex fire with 18 brigades including Victoria Valley, Mirranatwa and Mooralla clustered around the southern Grampians.

 8.26 PM 21 February, 2013

Grampians community meetings

Four community information meetings have been scheduled over the next two days for local communities affected by the Victoria Valley Complex fire. 

 5.13 PM 21 February, 2013

Grampians Complex fire 20 Feb

There is a large bushfire burning in the Grampians National Park.

 12.41 PM 20 February, 2013

FYREMN on the job

Wimmera residents can rest assured that the Horsham Fire Brigade Captain is on the job when they see him coming with his FYREMN number plates.

 9.31 AM 12 February, 2013

Walhalla ST 9034 24th Jan 2013

Over my 20 years with CFA there have been moments when I have felt proud to be a volunteer.This was one of those moments.

 10.41 AM 27 January, 2013

Dimboola houses saved by fireys

Firefighters have protected houses that were under threat during a grassfire at Dimboola this afternoon (26 Jan).

 6.30 PM 26 January, 2013

Crews still on scene at Goroke

A fire that burnt through scrub from the Karnak brigade area to the Gymbowen brigade area on Tuesday 8 January had an unusual cause.

 11.00 AM 11 January, 2013

Photos from Cope Cope fire

These photos of the Cope Cope crop and grassfire were taken by Wayne Rigg. Wayne is an Acting CFA Aviation Officer and was the Air Attack Supervisor at the incident.

 8.07 AM 28 December, 2012

Crop fire burns over 500 hectares

A large grassfire north of St Arnaud in the state’s west has been contained.

 8.04 PM 27 December, 2012

Total Fire Ban in three districts

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for Wednesday 19 December in the Wimmera, Mallee and Northern Country.

 3.56 PM 18 December, 2012

Jung header fire flares

It was 43 degrees in Horsham and District 17 brigades were getting towards the end of a busy day of header fires when a Jung grass and scrub was called in just before 8pm, November 29.

 12.57 PM 3 December, 2012