Fire Restrictions are now in force in the shire of Mount Alexander and the shire of Hepburn.
Grass and Scrub Fire Dundas St Newstead
At around 10:30pm on Sunday the 14/01/2018 the brigade was called to a grass fire spreading in Simpson St Newstead. We arrived on scene to find a small patch of grass on fire. A young possum was found at the scene minus his whiskers and with burns on his feet. Reports of a loud bang and power outages across town has lead us to put two and two together and believe the possum has some explaining to do. The possum is still alive, and was placed in the hands of WIRES to assist it's recovery.
The Newstead Fire Brigade were called to a single vehicle accident along Mia Mia Rd on Thursday 11th January. The single occupant was extricated by Castlemaine SES and transported to Melbourne via air ambulance with non life threatening injuries.Great Work By Castlemaine SES and Ambulance Victoria with assistance from our brigade members. A good outcome from a potentially bad situation. Take care on our roads, they can be very slippery and trees don't tend to move. Stay safe out there.
The Newstead Fire Brigade was called out to a wash away on the Newstead Creswick road at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 9th January on arrival a milk delivery truck had clipped a tree and tipped on its side ending up in the middle of the road. Brigade members assisted in traffic control and cleaning up of the truck wreckage and sweeping of the road a job well done by all.
Newstead and District Bigfill was paged to support Baringhup West at a Shearing Shed fire on Saturday the 6th January a Total Fire Ban Day. The bigfill was used in a pumping relay to draught water (suck) from a dam, pump up hill approx. 250m to Maldon Pumper who then pumped water a further 60m to appliances fighting the fire. A great combined effort by all brigades involved in what was extremely arduous, hot, dry and windy conditions. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.
Great work by all crews on the day in very difficult conditions.
Newstead brigade members attended a grass fire on Castlemaine/Maldon Rd. The fire was started by power lines being short-circuited and starting a small fire in the grass on the roadside. The strong winds pushed the fire quickly through two paddocks and into bushland to the north. The fire was eventually brought under control with the assistance of multiple brigades from Strathloddon Group (our Group) as well as assistance from the Mt Alexander Group (Castlemaine). In attendance were the following: Campbells Creek T1, Castlemaine FCV & T1, Chewton Slip on & T1, Elphinstone T1 & T2 & FCV, Fryerstown T1, Guildford T1, Harcourt T1 & T2, Maldon SPT & T1 & T2, Mt Alexander GP FCV, Newstead Bigfill & T1 & T2, Strathloddon GP FCV, Walmer FCV & T1 & T2.
A significant event on what is a relatively cool day. The lesson to be learnt is that windy days throughout summer can really push a fire despite it not being relatively hot.
A great job by ALL crews.
The next Market Day will be held on Sat March 17th 2018 at the Rotunda Park Newstead. For further details our contact is Ron 0427 506 843 and further information is available on our Market Day Web Page.
Newstead CFA Brigade and Community Fire Information