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Large Grass Fire within 2 kilometres of Victor Harbor Township

Posted by Administrator (admin) on 04 Jan 2014
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A grass fire which burnt out 52 hectares (128 acres), came within less than 2 kilometres from the Victor Harbor township.  The fire which is believed to have started from a ride on lawn mower, was driven by moderate south-west winds towards Depledge and Jagger Roads at Waitpinga.  One house and farm sheds came under direct threat from the fire, with same minor damage around the house to fencing and vegetation, including the loss of approximately 20 round hay bales.  CFS was first alerted of the fire at 1.38pm on the 4th of January 2014.


2010 aerial image with GPS overlay of fire on 4th January 2014

On arrival, CFS crews were confronted with a house and surrounds coming under direct threat from the fire.  The fast moving head of the fire produced heavy smoke, making fire suppression activities both difficult and dangerous, with visibility reduced to only several metres for crews working at the head of the fire. At the same time concerns were held for the fire breaching Jagger Road and continuing to travel in a north-easterly direction.  However, CFS were able to quickly subdue the head of the fire, with some minor spotting across the tracks quickly brought under control.

Some areas of scrub were also impacted, but CFS crews were fortunate in being able to gain vehicle access and establish control perimeters.


2010 aerial image with GPS overlay of fire on 4th January 2014

In all 11x heavy CFS appliances where used to contain and mop up the fire, which included 7 appliances from the Victor Harbor CFS Group, 3 from the Southern Fleurieu Group and 1 from the Pt Elliot CFS Brigade (Mundoo CFS Group). In addition, 2 CFS command vehicles, 3 quick response vehicles, 1 bulk water carrier and 1 logistics vehicle were also utilised.  The fire was fully contained within approximately 40 minutes of arrival, with mop up options lasting for another four hours.  Local property owners and private farm units also assisted with the mop up operations.

Aerial water bombing aircraft were also requested, but later stood down when ground crews were able to bring the fire under control.

Chris Bowey
Victor CFS Group Officer

 

Last changed: 19 Jan 2014 at 2:29 PM

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