Windy conditions fan scrub fire flames

Last updated 12:02 17/01/2014
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UNDER CONTROL: Firefighters at the scene of a lifestyle block fire in Todd Bush Rd on Friday morning

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Strong wind fanned a scrub fire at a lifestyle block off Todd Valley Road today.

Firefighters worked against the fierce wind to contain the fire, which started at about 10am and had it mostly contained by 10.45am.

Rural Fire Services principal rural fire officer Ian Reade said it appeared half a hectare had been burnt but this was subject to further assessment.

The firefighters had tackled the fire pretty quickly, he said.

"With the wind blowing like this we had to hit it pretty hard."

Access was tight in the road going up to the property so most of the fire service appliances remained on Todd Valley Rd.

A helicopter carrying a monsoon bucket was standing by but was not used in the end, he said.

The cause of the fire was unknown and would be further investigated.

Fire services would need to determine whether anyone was at fault and be liable pay for the cost of the damage, he said.

Mike Miller, who was working on a neighbouring property, said he was standing outside when he saw ‘‘thick black smoke billowing heavily’’ from the lifestyle block.

‘‘It stopped pretty quickly, they must have managed to get it out really fast,’’ he said.

He could not think what would have caused it as no one really lit fires in the area, he said.

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