Fire stretches resources at Sunbury

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From CFA website:

Just before 3pm Monday 14th January, multiple Triple Zero calls were received for a reported grass and scrub fire in the Mitchells Lane and Moore Road area in Sunbury.

With Sunbury, Gisborne and Diggers Rest paged, Sunbury FCV, with Station Officer Adam Whitford on board, proceeded directly into Moore road to find a medium sized grass fire spreading, while Tanker 2 started to tackle the fire.

“I initially Made Tankers 5, as it looked like we could pull it up early on,” explained SO Whitford from Sunbury brigade. “But once it got into thicker grassland and pines, and the wind picked up, I requested additional resources, as well as Air Support.”

“I proceeded to do a size-up of the fire, with my offsider starting to cut gates so crews could get in to fight the fire. We also had to do an emergency evacuation of residents in Moore Road due to fire impinging on a number of homes.”

With high winds fanning the flames, the fire started to jump onto the Calder Freeway median strip, and threaten to cross the freeway completely into paddocks and bushland.

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