Powercor is investigating an incident in which a fallen tree sparked a grass fire at Glenfyne on Sunday

Powercor is investigating an incident in which a fallen tree sparked a grass fire at Glenfyne on Sunday. 

A spokeswoman said Powercor maintained the minimum clearance zone around electric lines in accordance with Energy Safe Victoria’s guidelines.

Review: Powercor is investigating an incident in which a fallen tree sparked a grass fire at Glenfyne on Sunday.

Review: Powercor is investigating an incident in which a fallen tree sparked a grass fire at Glenfyne on Sunday.

“Initial investigations indicate the tree appears to have fallen from well outside this clearance zone,” she said.

The spokeswoman said power poles in the area were inspected in early August 2016 in accordance with regulatory requirements. The vegetation was inspected in May 2017 with vegetation completed prior to the fire season in October 2017.

“Powercor has an extensive vegetation management program across our network, including the south-west area. We use locally-based employees and contractors to manage vegetation all year around in the south-west region. Their work includes cutting vegetation to ensure we comply with safety regulations.”

She said all spans in the region’s hazardous bushfire risk areas would be inspected during the 2018 year, in line with Powercor’s Energy Safe Victoria-approved process.

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