Crews contain grass fire

FIRE crews were called out to a large grass fire on Peta Street, off Woodlands Rd, last Friday afternoon after a small fire got out of hand.

The blaze was kept under control by fire crews and was fully extinguished after a couple hours, leaving a scorched hillside as a stark reminder of what can go wrong.

Owner of the property from which the fire started, Marcus Quinn, said he was burning some green waste when it quickly got out of control.

“We were just burning some stuff and it just got away on us, it just took off,” Mr Quinn said.

Woodlea rural fire brigade warden and first officer Wayne Muller said the fire could have been worse if wind conditions had been any poorer.

“98 per cent of the fires we attend are under 10 hectares and that one (Peta Street) was four hectares,” Mr Muller said.

Mr Muller stressed for people to be careful when lighting fires and to check the local laws surrounding the guidelines in regards to permits for starting fires.

“The biggest thing I found was to use your common sense and to have a fire break around the fire and have gear handy to put it out,” Mr Muller said.

“If the fire is more than 2m squared in any dimension you must get a permit from your local fire warden, or otherwise it is an illegal fire and you can be fined.”

Fire crews were called out on Monday afternoon to another grass fire on Woodlands Rd which was extinguished.

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