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Ride-on mower sparks Mount Cottrell fire

  • Photos courtesy of Operations Officer Jayson Hirt and Melton Firefighter Anthony Rhodes.
  • Photos courtesy of Operations Officer Jayson Hirt and Melton Firefighter Anthony Rhodes.
  • Photos courtesy of Operations Officer Jayson Hirt and Melton Firefighter Anthony Rhodes.
  • Photos courtesy of Operations Officer Jayson Hirt and Melton Firefighter Anthony Rhodes.
  • Photos courtesy of Operations Officer Jayson Hirt and Melton Firefighter Anthony Rhodes.

By: CFA Media

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  4.54 PM 11 January, 2018


Location: District 14 News

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Tuesday evening (9 January) CFA firefighters were called to battle a grass and scrub fire in Mount Cottrell.

Firefighters were called to the incident on Faulkners Road at 5.30pm.

The fire spread into a pile of old sleepers and one aircraft were called to assist fire attack

The grass and scrub fire was called under control at 6.45pm.

Operations Officer Gavin Wright said CFA crews worked extremely well under the direction of the Incident Controller to contain the blaze.

“The fire was approximately six hectares in size and there was minimal damage to the property,” Mr Wright said.

“The fire spread into wooden sleepers on the property, crews were assisted by machinery from the council to pull apart and extinguish the pile.

“We believe the fire was sparked by ride-on mower activity on private property.

“The Incident Controller escalated resources including a request for air attack which ensured a quick containment of the blaze.

“Upon Mount Cottrell FOV arrival to the scene, an Incident Management Team was established and worked effectively with the District 14 Command Centre.

“Crews also worked alongside Victoria Police to organise community safety messaging and coordinate Traffic Control.

16 CFA trucks from Truganina, Mernda, Caroline Springs, Parwan, Rockbank, Toolern Vale, Truganina, Wyndham Vale, Caroline Springs, Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Sunbury, Werribee, Eynesbury, Sunbury, Diggers Rest and Melton Fire Brigades were in attendance.

Last Updated: 12 January 2018