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Fun can lead to grassfires
Out-of-town property owners should take care when driving vehicles, including ‘paddock bombs’ around uncleared tracks or paddocks.
Recently CFA crews from Heyfield, Glenmaggie and Seaton were dispatched to a grass and scrub fire of around five hectares as a result of a ‘paddock bomb’ being driven around a grassy paddock.
Fortunately, there were no strong winds on the day of the paddock fire, but recent weather has resulted in a lot of grassy growth in paddocks. The recent rain produced a situation where access for local brigade tankers was near impossible without becoming bogged. Other brigades with smaller 4WD units were also deployed, as well as DELWP Heyfield.
Although there was no damage to buildings or fences on this occasion, it should serve as a reminder to all property owners to exercise caution when driving vehicles in these long grass-filled paddocks.
This was the second recent incident involving fires relating to the operation of a paddock bomb.
These incidents should serve as a reminder to develop your emergency bushfire plan for your property.
For more information please visiting www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the Bushfire Information Line 1800 240 667.
Written by Peter Dymond, Glenmaggie Fire Brigade