Crews keep an eye on Glenthompson fire

FIRE crews are continuing to monitor the scene of a blaze that destroyed a wool shed and hay shed near Glenthompson last week.

The fire was reported around 5.45pm at a property along Haydens Road on Thursday and firefighters were still keeping an eye on the situation today, district 16 operations manager Ross Anderson said.

"We had to let all the hay burn out," Mr Anderson said."It burned along and got into a wool shed and a hay shed beside each other.

"The fire also got into a blue gum plantation, burning out 20 hectares of trees.About 12 CFA crews attended the blaze, and a firefighting helicopter from Hamilton was also used," Mr Anderson said.

The helicopter spent about two hours at the scene on Thursday to help bring the fire under control.

"We were lucky that the head of the fire ran into a swamp and that (stopped) most of the forward advance," he said.

"The ground crews had trouble getting into the blue gum plantation, but the helicopter was able to contain the fire until we could get control lines in and clean it up.

"He said he expected the fire to be "checked off" as safe some time today or first thing tomorrow morning.

"The cause is under investigation, but at this stage it appears the point of origin was in the vicinity of an incinerator at the rear of a house."I'm not saying that's the cause but that's where it appears to have started."

mneal@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

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