Fires and floods: emergency services respond on Friday afternoon

Firefighters are still containing a bush fire in Bendick Murrell National Park on Monday. 

About 30 Rural Fire Service [RFS] and National Parks and Wildlife firefighters are working to downgrade the 135 hectare blaze, which sparked from lightning during severe storms on Friday afternoon.

Fifteen RFS trucks, two aircraft, a bulldozer and 60 firefighters from the South West Slopes Rural Fire Service responded to the call about 12.30pm.

At 1.30pm on Monday, it was rated “being controlled”, however  RFS District Manager Andrew Dillon was confident it would be “contained” by Monday night.

“The firefighters did a fantastic job to limit that fire to 135 hectares in such difficult conditions. There was high wind and really hilly terrain,” he said. 

“The fire ran in the forest country and it took work to contain. Some rain helped firefighters reduce the spread.

“I really want to thank Gail Butt, a volunteer from the Monteagle Brigade, who has been feeding people at the fire over the last four days.”

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