Grassfires sparked as brutal weather batters area

Air support helps tackle the out-of-control grassfire which spread rapidly across the Mount Glasgow area yesterday.

A fire has ripped through grass land at Mount Glasgow on one of the worst fire danger days Victoria has experienced in nearly a decade.

At 11.39 am yesterday Vic Emergency issued a watch and act warning to areas including Red Lion — around 16 kilometres from Maryborough, Mount Glasgow, Mount Beckworth, Clunes and Dunach following the outbreak of a grassfire at Firmans Road, Mount Glasgow travelling southerly towards Clunes.

Shortly after at 12.10 pm, an emergency warning was issued for Dunach, Mount Glasgow, Clunes,

Evansford, Glengower, Mount Cameron, Red Lion and Stoney Creek, telling residents it was too late to leave.

Over 30 trucks attended the fire at Mount Glasgow, which resulted in an emergency warning being issued by Vic Emergency, urging residents it was too late to leave. The fire was later brought under control.

As of 1.15 pm, over 30 vehicles were attending the fire including air support and by 1.55 pm, the emergency warning had been downgraded to a watch and act for Dunach, Mount Glasgow, Clunes, Evansford, Glengower, Mount Cameron, Red Lion and Stoney Creek.

Other fires also broke out around the district during the middle of the day, with a watch and act warning issued for Rathscar West, Lower Homebush, Riversdale, Rathscar, Percydale, Avoca, Homebush and Natte Yallock at 1.16 pm for a grassfire at Mills Lane, Natte Yallock.

Shortly after at 1.37 pm an advice warning was issued for Bet Bet, Mount Hooghly, Timor and Timor West after another grassfire broke out at Bet Bet-Mt Hooghly Road.

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