Hay baling sparks fire at Jeeralang Junction

A THREE-hectare blaze at Jeeralang Junction started from hay being baled, according to the Country Fire Authority.

District 27 operations manager Bill Johnstone said about 60 firefighters from 11 vehicles battled the fire which ignited about 5.20pm on Wednesday at the corner of Junction Road and Monash Way.

“With the hay burning it took crews some time to put the fire out,” Mr Johnstone said.

He said Wednesday’s wild winds reignited the blaze, which was contained about 7pm.

Meanwhile, the cause of a two-hectare grass fire at Willow Grove on Wednesday has been identified.

Warragul police Acting Senior Sergeant Dean Waddell told The Express on Friday the Daveys Road blaze was ignited by a grass cutter coming in contact with rocks.

“It was not a deliberately lit fire,” Snr Sgt Waddell said.

Eleven fire trucks took about three hours to control the grassfire on a day of total fire ban.

No charges have been laid.

The Spring 2015 Firewood Collection Season closes across Victoria today.

“From Tuesday, 1 December 2015, all designated firewood collection areas will be closed over the summer period, and it will be illegal for people to collect firewood on public land until the start of the Autumn Firewood Collection Season,” Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional manager fire and land Jon Rofe said.

“The public will be able to start collecting firewood again from designated firewood collection areas from 1 March 2016, pending suitable conditions.”

DELWP and Parks Victoria staff will be patrolling parks, forests and reserves to ensure people are doing the right thing.

Anyone who sees something suspicious should phone DELWP on 136 186 and quote Operation Trident.

For more information and updates visit www.delwp.vic.gov.au/parks-forests-and-crown-land/firewood