Fire crews have been given a taste of what is to come this summer after battling a grass fire that burned out of control in Dunach this week.
The Wattle Gully Road blaze was sparked when a farmer struck a stone while slashing grass to establish fire breaks on his property just after 12.30 pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Six brigades, from Talbot, Mt Cameron, Carisbrook, Clunes and Maryborough, as well as three DELWP slip-on vehicles battled for 30 minutes to bring the flames under control with Talbot CFA Captain Ian Burt estimating the burned area to be between seven and 10 acres in size.
Crews spent a further three hours on site blacking out the affected area and are expected to monitor the site over the next week.
For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, December 9.