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Large fire at Whiteheads Creek

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By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  11.36 AM 9 December, 2012

Location: District 12 News

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Update Monday 10 Dec 0900: Firefighters are confident a fire which has burnt 620 hectares at Whitehead Creek near Seymour will remain within containment lines.

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4 strike teams, assisted by aircraft will continue to work on the fire today. The size of the fire has been revised after aerial tracking and mapping.

A mineral earth break has been place around the fire which is believed to have been started by lightning on Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters worked until 3.30 this morning to reinforce the containment line. 13 trucks remain on scene today.

250 hectares of bluegum plantation, 15 sheep and 50 kilometres of fences have been destroyed.

Sat 8 Dec: Firefighters are still battling one of the largest fires this summer season at Whiteheads Creek, west of Seymour.

CFA crews were called to the grass fire on Homewood Road just before 9.30pm on Saturday 8 December.

Due to hot, dry and windy conditions, the fire took off and has currently burnt approximately 1800 hectares.

No properties have been affected but sadly there have been reports of livestock loss.

The fire is mainly burning rugged terrain but the fire also reached a 250 hectare bluegum plantation which is still burning.

Firefighters have managed to contain the fire between Homeward and Kobyboyn Roads.

CFA is advising the local community they will see smoke and fire in the area over the next few days.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

CFA resources involved are from: Acheron, Arcadia, Avenel, Barjang, Bayswater, Benalla, Benloch, Bethanga, Bonegilla, Bonnie Doon, Broadford, Caroline Springs, Carrum Downs, Clematis, Clonbanine, Coldstream, Cooma, Dandenong, Devenish, Eildon, Euroa, Everton, Flowerdale,  Glenaroua, Hampton Park, Highlands, Hilldene, Hoddles Creek, Homewood, Hoppers Crossing, Jamieson,  Kallista - The Patch, Karramomus, Kelvin View, Kiewa, Kilmore, Kinglake West, Koonda, Kyneton, Lilydale, Limestone, Locksley, Mansfield, Marysville, Merrigum, Molesworth, Monbulk, Montrose, Moorooduc, Mooroopna, Moyhu, Mt Evelyn, Murchison, Myrtleford, Nagambie, Olinda, Pastoria, Point Cook, Pyalong, Rowville, Ruffy, Scoresby, Seymour, Sherbourne, South Warrandyte, Spring Hill, Strathbogie, Strath-Reedy Creek, Taggerty, Tallarook, Tallygaroopna, Terip, The Basin,  Thornton, Tolmie, Tooborac, Toolern, Toolamba, Trawool, Tylden, Tynoong, Undera, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upton Hill, Upwey, Violet Town, Wallan, Wandong, Wangaratta, Warrandyte, Whanregarwen, Whiteheads Creek, Wonga Park, Wyndham Vale, Yarck, Yea.

Last Updated: 11 December 2012