Strike teams quell overnight threat

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FIRE FIGHT: CFA volunteer firefighters battle a blaze near Carboor on Wednesday night. PHOTOS: Courtesy Tarrawingee CFA

HOMES and property at Carboor and Whorouly South came under threat on Wednesday night after sudden strong winds sent spotfires flying from the Abbeyard blaze.

An emergency warning was issued Carboor, Kneebones Gap, Whorouly South, Bobinawarrah, Whorouly, Whorouly East with residents advised to leave and travel to either Myrtleford or Wangaratta.

It was downgraded to a watch and act yesterday morning.

Tarrawingee CFA captain Warwick Benton said although he didn’t get the call out until around 10pm but he expected the inevitable hours earlier.“I knew when the smoke rolled in at around 6pm the southerly wind had picked up,” Mr Benton said.

He said the spotfires emanated from the pine plantation fires and the flames had begun “to run” with the assist of the wind which he said were renowned for their volatility blowing in from around the mountains.

Strike teams from Wangaratta and Benalla were called out with further support from Myrtleford saw around 20 tankers swing into action.“We were able to contain the spotfires and put in firebreaks to prevent the spread,” Mr Benton said.

The Tarrawingee brigade used the Everton brigade number two tanker as the Tarrawingee tanker was in Gippsland where it had been in action since the start of December but Mr Benton said resources were shared in where required in these situations.

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