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Little River grassfire

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  4.13 PM 24 November, 2012

Location: District 7 News, District 14 News

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Fire crews have been praised for preventing any significant damage after coals from a spit roast barbecue sparked a fast-running grassfire in Little River this afternoon (Sat 24 Nov 2012).

The owner of the property where the fire started had moved coals from his spit roast barbecue to a piece of ground that had previously been burnt.

As he went to get water to fully extinguish the coals the wind has blown some embers onto unburnt ground sparking the blaze.

CFA Operations Officer Mark Collins said firefighters did a great job in preventing any significant damage as the fire ran across three small properties in McIntosh Road.

"The fire ran around a neighbouring house and only caused some superficial damage to to a metal shed and water tank so the crews have done a great job," he said.

The fire was reported at 12:45pm and brought under control by 1:10pm. It was declared safe at 2:15pm.

Eight fire trucks and one command vehicle were involved in the firefight. Latest estimates put the total fire size at 12 hectares.

A second fire nearby at Mambourin was confined to grassland and damaged approximately 300 metres of fence line.

CFA Operations Officer Stephen Alcock said the fire at Mambourin started when a private burn off got out of control.

The Mambourin fire was reported at 12:30pm and was brought under control by 13:57pm. Eighteen fire trucks and 6 command vehicles were involved in the firefight.

It's estimated size was 14 hectares.

Last Updated: 24 November 2012