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Crews control Lyal fire
More than 150 CFA and DEPI firefighters and 4 aircraft have controlled two fires which threatened properties at Myrtle Creek and Lyal around 3pm on Monday.
Emergency warnings were issued for residents in the area as the fire traveled north towards the popular tourist spot of Lake Eppalock.
For the latest updates and warnings visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au.
DEPI Incident Controller Glen Brown praised the efforts of personnel from across the emergency services.
“The Lyell Rd incident was a very very good joint effort between multiple agencies including, CFA, DEPI, St Johns and SES," Mr Brown said.
“The air support from the state air desk was fantastic and well coordinated.
As firefighters controlled a grassfire, strong southeasterly winds pushed a second fire into the Kimbolton State Forest. Around 75 hectares was burnt.
At the height of the blaze, flames were spotting up to 200 metres ahead of the main front. A concerted effort from fire crews in the air and on the ground contained the fire just before 6pm.
Fire investigators have visited the scene and ruled out arson.
“The cause of the fire was accidental, that being wheel bearings from a trailer," Mr Brown said.