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Tussock burns in Gisborne

By: Blair Dellemijn

Category: Incidents - Bushfire

  8.48 PM 20 November, 2014

Location: District 2 News, District 14 News

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Just before 1pm on Saturday afternoon (15 November), Gisborne and Sunbury fire brigades were paged to a reported burnoff out of control in Runnymede Lane in Gisborne.

On arrival, it was found a home owner was conducting a small burnoff on their property when it suddenly broke containment lines into thick and rocky grassland. A word back of "grass and scrub fire not yet under control" was given, with a request of "make Tankers four, ultralights one."

"The area was very rocky and heavily tussocked," explains Captain Strang.

With the arrival of Bullengarook tanker and ultralight, the one acre of burning grassland was quickly brought under control, with a water relay being conducted from the closest hydrant over 300 metres away.

Brigades were kept on scene for approximately two hours while completing a mop-up of the area.

Appliances on scene were:

Gisborne - FCV, Tanker 1, Tanker 2.

Sunbury - Tanker 2.

Bullengarook - Tanker 1, Ultralight.

The Incident Controller was Captain Strang from Gisborne Fire Brigade.

Pictures by Blair Dellemijn - CFA Photographer.

Last Updated: 21 November 2014