An all-night fire fight

A burn off sparked a grass and scrub fire at Mount Macedon last week.

Firefighters worked through the night to contain a grass and scrub fire at Mount Macedon last week. 

Macedon Group Brigades were called to a property on Syndicate Road just after 4pm on Wednesday. 

Units from Mount Macedon, Macedon, Bullengarook, Hesket, Newham, Woodend, Gisborne and Riddells Creek attended for what would be a long ordeal. 

Crews remained on scene through the night to monitor the fire and were eventually released mid-morning Thursday. 

The fire, which spread across about 1.5 hectares, reportedly started as a burn off the day before and got away the next day in strong winds. 


Two homes were under threat when another grassfire took hold at Barkers Creek last Wednesday. 

Local CFA crews were called to the scene at Blakeley Road about 1pm and six tankers and air support took half an hour to contain the spread to less than one acre. 

The fire was believed to have been sparked by an angle grinder. 

Later on Wednesday afternoon, nine tankers and air support tackled a grassfire in Muckleford, which was believed to have been sparked by a motorbike. The fire burnt through four hectares before being brought under control. 

Newstead CFA captain Doug Richardson told the Express they had also attended a fire on Saturday November 18 at about 2pm on Boundary Gully Road in Sandon. 

“The fire started due to a burn off the landowner had done in October. The burn off, located under gum trees, had burnt into the ground and continued to smoulder,” Mr Richardson said. 

“We had had to attend again the following day as well. 

“It’s okay to burn off fine fuels but people really need to leave the bigger stuff until winter.” 

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