Fires flare under strong winds

Firefighters responded to three fires on Sunday afternoon as the result of strong winds.

About 5.30pm sparking powerlines caused a grass fire near Wrights Lane and the Princes Highway, two kilometres west of Sale.

Crews from eight Gippsland brigades responded and got the fire under control in about half an hour.

Earlier yesterday, crews attended the old Rosedale mill on Huffers Lane for a flare-up in sawdust from a previous fire.

They used an excavator to scrape the sawdust away from a chain mesh fence and wet the area down.

Meanwhile, about 5pm firefighters responded to a grass fire at Energy Brix near piles of old briquettes.

The fire was quickly brought under control.

Blazes under investigation

Detectives are investigating the cause of a fire at a vacant retail building in Traralgon on Thursday night.

The fire broke out in the two storey building on Seymour Street at 11.45pm.

Meanwhile a caravan and house suffered serious fire damage in Morwell last Tuesday night on Haywood Street.

The caravan was destroyed in the fire, which occurred around 11pm, while the house was extensively damaged.

An investigation into the blaze was pending on Friday, however there were no details to suggest the fire was suspicious.

Earlier on Tuesday a grass fire started along the Princes Highway in Traralgon’s west after grass slashing ignited a blaze in a neighbouring paddock.

The blaze occurred near the intersection with Northern Avenue about 11am, and was attended by the Country Fire Authority.

Last Monday a Morwell woman’s car was destroyed by fire as a result of criminal damage.

It is suspected the woman was known by the perpetrator.