Fire burns through 17,000ha in SE

Fire burns through 17,000ha in SE

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The fire area has been classified yellow for an advice message. Image: SAPOL

The fire area has been classified yellow for an advice message. Image: SAPOL

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UPDATED: Police are investigating a fire which destroyed a large area of grass in the state's lower south-east yesterday.

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Police are investigating a fire which destroyed a large area of grass in the state's lower south-east yesterday.

Just after 12.30pm yesterday, police and the Country Fire Service were called to Avenue Range following reports of an out-of-control grass fire heading towards Lucindale.

CFS aerial operations completed a total of 101 air drops assisting crews on the ground.

CFS and Department of Environment and Water have 40 fire trucks and 200 firefighters, supported by farm fire units, on the fire ground this morning, as the fire still remains active.

The Victorian Country Fire Authority has sent resources to assist, including four fire trucks and a command vehicle while One Forty One Plantations is assisting with two fire trucks and two water tankers.

The fire was brought under control about 10pm, following the ongoing efforts by CFS crews along with favourable weather conditions.

About 17,000 hectares of grass was destroyed with significant losses to livestock and fencing.

The fire has impacted the communities of Avenue Range, Blackford and Lucindale with at least three structures confirmed lost or substantially damaged.

Rapid Damage Assessment teams will be in the Blackford and Avenue Range and Lucindale areas checking structures in the fire-affected areas.

The South East drainage board have people inspecting the drains, bridges and crossing within the fire area, while Electranet and SAPN are inspecting and repairing any electrical infrastructure.

PIRSA teams are also on the fire ground this morning, assessing stock losses and helping locals with injured stock.

CFS remain in the area in case of any flare-ups while road closures remain in place.

  • Details: cfs.sa.gov.au or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361.

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