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Yandoit grassfire threatens properties
A grassfire started at approx 3.30pm today (Saturday 6 December) in Yandoit, north-west of Melbourne. The fire was fanned by a south-easterly wind which pushed the fire in a north-westerly direction.
The fire has burnt around 100 hectares. At one stage the fire was threatening properties which were being protected by 25 CFA tankers. Approx 100 firefighters are on scene.
DEPI (Dept of Environment and Primary Industries) firefighters are assisting and Victoria Police are also on scene. A Helitak also responded to fight the fire dropping water from the air.
Unfortunately, the fire was started by a resident who spread ashes from wood that was burnt in a drum. Given the dry and windy conditions, a fire subsequently started and spread quickly.
The Watch & Act warning message was downgraded at 5.45pm, and the fire is now contained. Overnight resources have been requested as crews will be checking for hot spots and mopping up.
Rostered Duty Officer Malcolm Bruce said, "We remind all Victorians to ensure they check whether the Fire Danger Period is in force in their local area for the summer season before proceeding to burn off any materials.
"Residents also need to understand that weather conditions can change very quickly, so please don’t take any chances. Always err on the side of caution."