Fire threatens homes

A GRASS fire which started in Irymple yesterday came just metres from threatening nearby homes. 

Mildura Fire Station senior station officer Mick Sporton at the scene off the Calder Highway, near Ginquam Avenue, in Irymple. Picture: Louise Donges

Mildura Fire Station senior station officer Mick Sporton at the scene off the Calder Highway, near Ginquam Avenue, in Irymple. Picture: Louise Donges

It took 20 firefighters only minutes to bring the three acre blaze under control after it ignited in a vacant block of land near the intersection of Ginquam Avenue and the Calder Highway about 1.30pm. 

Mildura Fire Brigade station officer Mick Sporton said crews contained the blaze before it spread to nearby properties. 

“We took some trucks straight around to protect (the houses),” he said.

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