Mowers, slasher spark fires

Some of the damage left after a fire was started by a slasher at Harcourt North last weekend. Photo: Peter Weaving.

Eve Lamb

The CFA has issued a stern warning after three separate fires were sparked by machinery use in the Mount Alexander Shire area in recent days.
Last Saturday, in separate incidents, mowers sparked fires at Maldon and at Sedgwick near Sutton Grange, while on Sunday a slasher caused a fire that burnt through about six hectares at Harcourt North.
Harcourt North Captain Andrew Wilson said the fire that was started by a slasher at McIvor Road, North Harcourt around 4.49pm on Sunday afternoon had burnt about six hectares before it was able to be extinguished…
Use of a ride on mower was also so blame for a fire which got away at a property in Hubble Road, Sedgwick about 4.24pm on Saturday, while local CFA units were also called on to extinguish another fire that started about 1pm on Doyles Road at Myrtle Creek.
CFA Maldon brigade captain Sean McCubbin said units from Maldon, Newstead and Walmer turned out to a fire which started on undulating rocky ground on Mount Tarrengower Road in Maldon after ride on mower created a spark that quickly turned into a blaze. Get the full story in today’s Mail…