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Little River fire threatened houses
A grass fire, which started at about 11.45am yesterday (14 January 2014), threatened properties in the Little River area between Geelong and Werribee.
Twenty-seven vehicles attended the fire, which was around Bulban Road. About 100 hectares were burnt. Strike Teams ST1570, ST0702, ST1401 & ST1402 attended.
Knowing the shortage of water points in the area bulk tankers were called for from the shire and Anakie bulk water tanker. Aircraft also attended with Helitack 347 (Coulson C-FIRX) hitting the edges of the fire in the rocky paddocks.
An Emergency Warning was issued, and at the height of the fire an Emergency Alert (text and voice messages) was also sent to a small group of residents under direct threat of the fire.
The Emergency Warning was downgraded to a Watch and Act message at 1:40pm and crews did well to bring the fire under control by around 1:50pm. No properties were impacted.
District Mechanical Officers also attended to replace several tyres damaged by the sharp rocks and high temperatures affecting cooling systems.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Images by Keith Pakenham.