Hot, windy weather sparks fires throughout the Wimmera
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COOLING OFF: Emily Friedrichson-Hay and her son Leyton Hay, 7 weeks, enjoy a swim at Horsham Aquatic Centre on Saturday when the temperature reached 37 degrees. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERHOT and windy weather sparked a number of fires across the region at the weekend.
Temperatures reached 38 degrees in Horsham on Friday and 37 degrees on Saturday.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Wimmera fire and planning manager Glenn Rudolph said lightning started three fires in the region on Saturday.
He said a bushfire in the Kadnook State Park near Edenhope started about 3pm.
‘‘It only got to five hectares in size and it was contained quickly by aircraft, department dozer crews and CFA tankers,’’ he said.
Mr Rudolph said the aircraft was automatically dispatched from Casterton.
‘‘There was potential to burn a blue gum plantation and farmland, but it was contained before it could reach those areas,’’ he said.
Mr Rudolph said there were also two fires in Grampians on Saturday.
‘‘We had a small one down the southern end of the Grampians, near Cassidy Gap, where a tree was hit by lightning,’’ he said.
‘‘That fire was bombed by an aircraft as well and it didn’t burn very far, only reaching about 10 metres by 10 metres in size.
‘‘We had another fire near Moora Moora Reservoir in the Grampians, which was 20 metres by 20 metres.
‘‘That was up on a rocky ridge and department fire crews walked to the area to deal with that incident.’’
Wind gusts reached 76 kilometres an hour in Stawell and 69 kilometres an hour in Horsham on Saturday.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a top of 32 degrees today in Horsham, before temperatures climb to 35, 38, 33, 36 and 39 during the week.
‘‘We have a hot week coming up, so we will keep an eye on things with flights to make sure no fires have spread,’’ Mr Rudolph said.
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