FIRE destroyed a steel shed containing gardening tools and machinery on a property in Lynes Road at Fish Creek on Friday afternoon September 3, 2021.
Fish Creek and District Country Fire Authority (CFA) Fire and Rescue captain and incident controller Kerry Senior said the Brigade received the call to attend the property at about 1 pm.
“The occupier said they had looked out from their house towards the shed and saw that the building was fully alight,” she said.
“Fish Creek’s Tanker One and our Tanker Two from Sandy Point were the first to arrive on the scene of the fire, along with our forward command vehicle (FCV).
“Ten members of the Fish Creek brigade responded to the call-out and when we got there we found that the shed was completely engulfed in flames, and that the cause of the fire was unknown,” Ms Senior said.
“Fish Creek was backed up at the Lynes Road fire by nine Foster CFA personnel with the Foster tanker and FCV, and the Yanakie CFA was ready to attend as well if required.”
After the fire was extinguished, the CFA personnel spent a further hour blacking out in and around the shed.
Ms Senior said four Fish Creek CFA members also turned out to a burn-off that had gotten out of control in Harding-Lawson Road at Fish Creek on Thursday morning September 2, 2021.
“There were northerly winds that day and an ember from the burn-off travelled about 20 metres and ignited an area of scrub,” she said.
“We were backed up on that occasion by the Meeniyan CFA.”
Ms Senior said that even with the present damp conditions underfoot, burn-offs can and do escape.
“This is a timely reminder to always monitor your burn, check wind and weather conditions, have a mobile telephone on hand, and make sure you register your burn on 1800 668 511,” she said.