Arcadia Fire Brigade has busy start to fire season

1/13/2013 14:40

Brigade has busy start to fire season.<

The Arcadia Fire Brigade has had a busy start to the fire season, turning out to incidents each day for eight continuous days. These were mainly burn offs that had re-ignited or had escaped, and happened before fire restrictions came in to force on December 3rd.

At about 0100hrs on Sunday December 9th the Arcadia tanker formed part of a strike team to go to Whiteheads Creek where a fire had been going in rugged terrain since the evening before. The tanker returning to Arcadia later that day.

On Wednesday December 19th a fire started by a harvester occurred in the Douglas/Dargalong Rd area of Wahring, crop and grass was burnt by this fire. About twenty CFA appliances including Arcadia and air support attended this fire which had burnt into some swampy country which required much work to make safe. This fire was monitored for about a week checking for hot spots

A fire destroyed two caravans early in the morning of January 3rd on a property on the Arcadia Two Chain Rd. Arcadia, Karramomus and Moorilim brigades attended this fire. Police and CFA Fire Investigators attended the scene and as the cause of the fire was thought to be suspicious, Police Arson Squad members from Melbourne later attended to carry out further investigations.

With high temperatures and strong winds there have been six TFB,s proclaimed for this area so far.
All that remained of the two caravans.
CFA Fire Investigators Andrew Payne-Croston and Phil Hawkey along with Arcadia Capt. Ray McManus and Group Officer Rob Brown inspect the remains of the vans.
CFA Fire Investigators and Police search for the cause of the fire.