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Fire near train line
CFA responded to a grassfire around 6pm (4 February) along the Hume Freeway at Craigieburn between Craigieburn Road and Amaroo Road.
Incident Controller David Maxwell said the fire affected the Melbourne to Sydney railway line, which was a freight and passenger line.
“The grassfire got to around 12 hectares and affected some of the sleepers along the line,” he said.
The fire was called under control around 7.20pm.
“Crews did a fantastic job to get the fire under control and make the area safe," he said.
“Crews remained on scene for some time blacking out and ensuring the line was able to be reopened safely.”
The investigations into the cause will continue, but it is believed the grassfire was sparked by the brakes of a freight train.
The incident also held up V-Line passenger services.
Around 15 CFA crews from Craigieburn, Clarkefield, Greenvale, Wollert, Bulla, Epping, Kal Kallo, Mernda, Plenty, Whittlesea and Yarrambat attended with MFB.