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New aircraft assist with Creightons Creek fire

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  8.00 AM 18 December, 2014

Location: District 22 News

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Fire crews have been stretched this week, with a number of fires burning around the north east of the state. The Creightons Creek fire, south of Euroa, started on Tuesday and has so far burnt through almost 5000 hectares of private property and bushland. 

**Shepparton ICC Media Release**

Yesterday one of the two new large aircraft being used in fire suppression across Victoria came to assist in the effort. The Hercules and the RJ can each hold more than 12,000L of water, foam or retardant and can fly to fires across the state within one hour of being dispatched from their base at Avalon. They were a welcome addition to the arsenal available to try to suppress the current fire.

Shepparton ICC Incident Controller Peter West said “Volunteer fire fighters have put in a huge effort to deal with this fire. It now has a perimeter of 47 kilometres with a number of hot spots around the perimeter.

The use of aircraft and machinery in the suppression effort can give ground crews a chance to get on top of what is a very dangerous situation by quietening down the activity and allowing them to get closer to the fire edge to put out the flames and hot spots.”

“With warmer weather approaching fire agencies are using all tools available to them to bring this fire under control. Local communities in the fire area are advised to remain vigilant, keep informed of the weather conditions and prepare themselves according to the plans they have made,” he said.

Some roads have been affected and dangerous tress on road sides are being assessed by qualified arborists and removed. Public and fire fighter safety is the number one priority. Some roads will remain closed until this work is completed.

Road closures have traffic management points in place and a permit system is in place to allow essential services to have access until they can be reopened safely.

Authorities are currently assessing and counting the losses of stock and private property where the fire has already passed. Officers from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries are working with land holders to assist with livestock welfare issues and asset losses.

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Last Updated: 18 December 2014