Firies battle big blazes near Calliope, Yarwun



THE region's firefighters have spent days battling massive fires that have burnt out thousands of acres of land near Calliope and Yarwun.

The Observer reported yesterday on a blaze just south of the Calliope crossroads that had already burnt out 1000 acres of farm and bushland.

Mount Maurice Rural Fire Brigade first officer Bruce Mackay said yesterday that figure had grown to "easily'' 2000 acres, with firefighters continu-ing to monitor the threat to people and property. Late yesterday Mr Mackay said the fire was burning into state forest to the west of Woodstock.

"There are not a lot of properties in that area but they could be threatened,'' he said.

"Backburns have been done around properties in other areas and if it starts to rush towards property we will look at evacuating residents.''

The cause of the massive blaze is still being investigated.

Westowe Rural Fire brigade first officer Mike Sibley said yesterday he and colleagues had also battled a large bushfire at Yarwum that had been burning since Monday afternoon.

"It's still going but it is in inaccessible country and we are not going to risk life and limb to put it out,'' Mr Sibley said.

He asked all people considering backburns to get permits and contact the number on the permit to avoid false alarms and the associated time-wasting.



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