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Fire surrounds 100 students

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  • Holiday Park Farm building
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By: Keith Pakenham

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  12.18 PM 14 January, 2013

Location: District 15 News

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In the hot windy conditions on Friday 11 Jan a grass fire broke out near a dam in Kangaroo Hills Rd Blampied just south of Daylesford around 2pm.

The strong winds sent the fire heading around The Rutherford Holiday Park Farm which contained around 100 students in a summer camp. Luckily the building is a brick structure which housed them but concerns were held if the fire hit the property.

The first call for 4 tankers was quickly upgraded to 10 as the fire passed around the holiday farm, jumped the road and headed through the cured grassland opposite. A large LPG gas tank was surrounded by fire but this was quickly knocked down by the first crews to arrive.

Mount Tarrengower fire tower confirmed the fire showing as it was heading up a nearby hill. At one stage it appeared the fire had the potential to jump the Midlands Highway but crews worked hard to prevent the spread.

Additional Strike teams were called in along with police and Ambulance Victoria as the fire took hold. One male was transported to hospital with a pre-existing medical condition from the holiday farm as paramedics assessed the students for smoke inhalation.

CFA firefighters were supported by DSE and Forest Industry brigades and several private fire fighting vehicles to assist in blacking out the smouldering area. Only one shed was destroyed by the fire and many other farm buildings/homes were saved along with machinery in sheds. DSE dozers did a great job putting in fire breaks around the area.

Just after 3pm the wind changed direction and altered the fire spread but by this time crews had done a great job getting it under control. A fire stop was placed on the call at 8:18pm after extensive blacking out by crews until much later in the night.

Crews attended from Newlyn Dean, Newstead, Kooroocheang, Creswick, Daylesford, Smeaton, Hepburn, Kingston, Ullina, Fryerstown, Mollongghip, Porcupine Ridge, Kingston, Guildford, Cambelltown, Campbells Creek, Maldon, Musk, Ballarat, Sebastopol and Wendouree.

Last Updated: 14 March 2013