Firefighters spring into action with an early blaze in season

STEEP TERRAIN: Firefighters not only battled high winds last week when fighting a fire at Bonnie Doon, but the steepness of the hills made firefighting an uphill battle.

RECORD high temperatures last Tuesday, October 6 had fire crews from across the state, including the Mansfield Group, scrambling to extinguish multiple fires.

Heat and gale force winds sparked most of the fires, re-igniting burn-offs and planned burns started over the weekend or during the previous week.

Kiernans Road, Bonnie Doon was the scene of a large fire of approximately 100 hectares, to which crews were called at 3pm.

Like most of the fires on that day, it is thought to have been sparked by an old windrow burn re-igniting.

A couple of residences came under threat initially, however most of the fire was contained to an old pine plantation.

The task of extinguishment was made more difficult due to the steep, hilly terrain, and CFA crews were joined by Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in smaller four-wheel drive slip-on vehicles, which remained throughout the night patrolling and blacking out.

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