Fire on Captain’s farm

December 02, 2017

An easterly wind caused a roadside fire to burn across two properties next to the Cobb Hwy at Mathoura about midnight on Tuesday.

Burning grassland and a small area of a crop, the fire was kept to less than three hectares.

Mathoura Rural Fire Service brigade Captain Russell Perry said he was responding to the fire call, reported to be about 10km north of Mathoura, when he noticed the blaze was on his own farm.

‘‘It didn’t burn too much on my property, maybe just a few metres of grass,’’ Capt Perry said.

‘‘My neighbour lost a small amount of barley, but the losses weren’t catastrophic.’’

RFS Mid-Murray Zone acting zone coordinator Doug Adamson said the likely cause of the fire was a passing vehicle inadvertently igniting roadside grass.

Both Mathoura appliances attended to fight the blaze, which took about an hour to extinguish.

Earlier on Tuesday, both Mathoura brigades were called to a grassfire off Murnanes Rd north of the town just after 3pm. It is believed to have been started by a hay mower being towed by a tractor, and burned about 6ha. It was under control before 4pm.

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