Racing to control a bracken fire at Mt Buninyong

Aerial support has been called in to support CFA and DELWP crews after a fire broke out at Mt Buninyong during the afternoon of the Melbourne Cup public holiday.


Crews were first called at 16:56 to a bracken fire halfway up Mt Buninyong, with an advice message put out to the public due to smoke in the area.

The fire was a joint agency situation with CFA and DELWP, with City of Ballarat also involved due to the fire being on council public land.

17 vehicles in total were on scene including 12 tankers, 3 ultralight tankers, and district cars, with Helitack 368 providing aerial support.

The fire was declared under control at 19:36 with no assets under threat.

[UPDATE] The fire was extinguished at 20:30 and crews finished up at the scene at 21:00. The fire burnt 10-15 hectares.

CFA will attend the site this morning to check that it remains safe. The road to Mt Buninyong will remain closed until an arborist had inspected impacted trees. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Author: CFA Media