Small spark cause of Winton fire

By Meg Saultry

A machinery spark was the cause of a small bushfire that ripped through 10 ha at Lake Mokoan last Friday.

Fifteen vehicles responded to the blaze about 11 am, including Forest Fire Management, with the fire extinguished and the site cleaned up by 1.30 pm.

CFA community safety coordinator Shane Nedeljkovic said the fire was easier to contain as the operator of the machinery rang the fire brigade straight away.  

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"Chesney Vale were right on the scene, and we had brigades there from Benalla, Winton, Thoona, Goorambat, and Devenish to name a few," Mr Nedeljkovic said.

“It was a good response.”

Bulldozers were also bought on site to construct a continuous break around the site. 

Mr Nedeljkovic said Chesney Vale Fire station, which is only metres from where the fire started, would keep an eye on the burnt land in the coming days.  

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“It was made safe before we left though, and nothing should come from it,” Mr Nedeljkovic said.

Mr Nedeljkovic also urged the community to be extra careful when operating machinery this summer.

“It shows how easily a fire can start," he said.

"It could have caused a bigger problem, though fortunately, the operator called triple zero the moment they realised there was a problem."