By Russell Luckock A small fire to the south of Mt Buninyong was contained by CFA and Forest Fire Management crews during the long weekend.
17 trucks from CFA as well as two from the fire division of DELWP, plus their smaller units, were quickly in attendance when the fire brokeout midafternoon.
Two medium water-bombing helicopters plus a third observing helicopter were influential in containing the blaze.
The fire started near the South Walk track on the southern side of the mount and spread up hill in a northerly direction burning 1.6 hectares of understory in this wooded area.
On-site operations were supervised by Murray Fullerton from Forest Fire Management Victoria (part of DELWP) in conjunction with CFA who had units from Buninyong and Mt Buninyong as well as other local brigades.
Murray pointed out that its much safer to have plenty of units on hand in case wind conditions suddenly change and the fire flares again unexpectedly and dangerously. Neighbouring residents and property owners in the line of fire would agree with that philosophy, especially as flames travel much faster uphill! Once contained, fire crews then had the task of blacking out the fire area and raking containment lines to establish a metrewide strip of bare earth just outside the burnt halfkilometre perimeter to limit any flare-up in the dry grass and scrub.
All crews did a thorough job in containing what might have been a serious fire in steep terrain on such a hot day, especially if the wind had been stronger.