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Praise for crews at Hillside grassfire
An early reminder of a likely busy fire season came to Hillside, north-west of Melbourne, with a grassfire burning more than two hectares of paddocks next to Galli court on Wednesday 22 October.
Crews were called to the blaze around 2.15pm and found a fast-running fire burning under warm and windy conditions.
CFA District 14 Operations Officer Trevor Roberts said CFA and MFB firefighters quickly doused the flames and controlled the fire in 20 minutes.
“There wasn’t a blade of grass left in the area where the fire went through,” he said.
“The fire damaged a couple of fences but didn’t go beyond those fences."
Firefighters from Caroline Springs, Melton, Eynesbury, Hoppers Crossing, Diggers Rest, Bulla, Rockbank, Toolern Vale, Truganina, Werribee and Wyndham Vale, supported by MFB, were praised for their quick efforts.
“It was only a five-acre fire but if not for the great work of crews from CFA and MFB it could have spread further.
"It’s a timely reminder for residents in high-risk areas on the urban fringe to formulate a plan before summer hits in earnest.”
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but does not appear suspicious.