Yet another early start for brigade members this morning 12/02/2019 when the pager/siren went off at 1:20am. A grass fire on the side of the road, south of Sandon that had spread into the adjoining paddock. It was moving very slowly and was easily suppressed. Many thanks to our neighboring brigades Guildford and Franklinford for their assistance this morning and to the Newstead brigade members for turning out in force, yet again, at such an early hour. It is great that we have such strong support and commitment from our members.
The fire is being treated as suspicious and a fire investigator will be out in the morning to try and determine a cause.
We ask that if you see or hear any activity around your area that is out of the ordinary, please make a note of it and if necessary call the police.
Newstead Fire brigade responded both tankers and the big fill to the Mannings road Fire on the 02/02/2019. Video from Helmet Camera and Phone.
Car Fire Newstead
Early start on Sunday the 20/01/2019 with a car fire near the racecourse. Good response and good job from all crews in attendance. The car is believed to be stolen.
Grass & Scrub Fire Newstead Creswick Road.
A little after 2am on the 15/01/2019 the brigade was paged to a grass fire on the Newstead/Creswick Rd near Sandon. The fire was on the side of the road and has burnt out a patch of grass about 100m long by about 10m wide. Not a big fire at 2.00 am, but could have been disastrous 12 hours later. On the back of a similar fire in Campbelltown around midnight last Friday night we ask all community members to be extra vigilant and aware of your actions. No cause has been determined for both these fires at this stage. A fire investigator will be looking into this morning's fire today. Thanks to our friends from Guildford and Franklinford for your help this morning.
Support Franklinford to a Grass and Scrub Fire Yandoit Hills
A little after 2.00 pm on the 12/01/2019 the brigade was called to support Franklinford to a column of smoke sighted on the Yandoit - Sandon Rd in Yandoit Hills which turned out to be a grass fire. Both Newstead tankers, the Bigfill and Support vehicle attended and assisted both Franklinford tankers as well as a tanker from Campbelltown, Daylesford and Porcupine Ridge. We often talk about bad fire days usually being accompanied by hot dry northerly winds, but ANY wind can push a fire and make it uncontrollable. The cause of this fire is not yet known.