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Four choppers tackle Avenel fire
A slow-moving bushfire started by lightning has burnt through 75 hectares in steep, rocky territory east of Mt Rose near Avenel on Monday 1 December.
Twenty-one trucks and four helicopters (three waterbombers and one supervisor) responded, with ground crews only able to tackle the more accessible areas of the fire on lower ground. Aircraft focused on suppressing fire burning on hill tops and slopes.
The fire split into three 'fingers' which moved uphill towards a ridge line and contines to burn slowly in a south-west direction.
An Advice message wasissued for Communities around Avenel, Tahbilk and Mangalore, letting them know that smoke may be visible and advising them to monitor the situation. No properties are current under threat from the fire.
The fire started at 11.30am and at was brought under control at around 3pm.
A second, separate fire started near Nagambie on Monday, also resulting from a lightning strike. No assets were threatened by the Nagambie fire, which started in a tree and jumped into grass and haybales before being brought under control at 1.40pm.