Grassfire in Plumpton

Member News image Plumpton grassfire


At about 3pm on Wednesday 1 February, firefighters responded to reports of a grassfire spreading at Leakes Rd in Plumpton, east of Melton.


“Smoke was visible from Rockbank Fire Station when we turned out the tanker, so we quickly made the call for 'tankers five,” said Rockbank Fire Brigade Captain Matt Cain.

"Upon arriving on scene, we were confronted with a grassfire approximately 300m x 200m which was threatening to jump Quarry Rd and spread into the neighbouring quarry.

"We had some difficulties locating a water source, and we made 'tankers 15 and ultralights two'. An advice message for smoke in the area was also issued to the community."

FRV crews worked to prevent the fire from jumping Quarry Rd with support from several CFA tankers. Additional CFA resources were used for a direct attack in the paddocks.

An effective back burn was carried out to attack the western flank.

"It was great to have the support of neighbouring brigades who were able to assist in managing the fire with myself being incident controller, the Truganina brigade captain being the operations officer and Caroline Springs brigade captain being the western sector commander," Matt said.

In addition, CFA Commander Batty and FRV Commander Hirt were both on scene providing welcome support and advice.

Ambulance Victoria and Truganina's rehab unit were on scene conducting health monitoring as crews left the fireground and Victoria Police conducted road closures to allow easy access for crews.


  • Member News imageRockbank Tanker searching for hydrant
  • Member News image Grass Fire
  • Member News image Caroline Springs Tanker 2 Arriving On Scene
  • Member News image Grass Fire
  • Member News image Grass Fire Extinguished
Submitted by Matt Cain