Suspicious Grass Fires in Churchill

CFA 202203 - Matheison Park Grass Fire

CFA Volunteers extinguish fire

Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a number of suspicious grass fires in Churchill. The first on February 10, started on McDonald Way, was fanned towards the north east by a strong afternoon breeze and burnt just over seven hectares, with a fire perimeter of 1.5 km. The Churchill CFA brigade was supported at this fire by our neighbouring brigades from Driffield, Morwell, Hazelwood North, Boolarra, Yinnar South, Yinnar, Traralgon, Traralgon West, Traralgon South and Newborough and Fire Rescue Victoria Station 78 at Morwell.

The second smaller fire was in the orchard area adjacent to Lake Hyland on February 26, and burnt 0.56 hectares.

Thanks to all supporting brigades for their help in keeping our Churchill community safe.

CFA 202203 - Burnt Shrub Cfa 202203 3

Fire Restrictions are still in force

Our community is reminded that although we have had milder weather this summer, the declared Fire Danger Period is still in force and Fire Restrictions still apply.

You must get a permit to burn anything in the open air while fire restrictions are in force. Please contact the Latrobe City Municipal Fire Prevention Officer or CFA District 27 Headquarters in Morwell to discuss applying for a permit.

CFA and our emergency services partners, Fire Rescue Victoria and Forest Fire Management Victoria, will be discussing an appropriate date to lift the restrictions in the near future.