LAST week’s lightning strikes still have the district on high alert, with residents at Mirranatwa evacuating under threat from two fires – one covering more than 1200 hectares. Scattered fires that started from lightning strikes in the Grampians on Thursday had resulted in two large complexes, still burning at time of going to press. Yesterday afternoon, Mirranatwa homes were in the direct path of the large blaze, which was making its way down into the Victoria Valley low country A CFA spokesman urged all residents in the area to keep ware of warnings and advice on the radio and CFA website. “The fires at Clutt Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, February 19.
WHILE most of us were enjoying the last hours of sleep before mundane Monday, Mirranatwa residents were woken by authorities and told to make a decision: Fight or flight. Farmers were up well before the sun, moving stock into bare paddocks and hundreds of volunteers left work or abandoned their businesses to assist on the fire ground. Mirranatwa Hall, chosen as the staging point for briefings and meals, was packed with CFA members, Victoria Police, Southern Grampians Shire workers, DSE firefighters and local residents on Monday. Iris Field, of Victoria Valley Rd and local art studio owner, Ros McArthur, were on duty, running hot breakfasts to the busloads of new arrivals. Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, February 19
IN just a short period of time, Hawkesdale’s annual campdraft has continued to go from strength to strength. This was further emphasised at the weekend when it was presented for the fourth time. It has now taken its place as one of the significant drawcards on the Hawkesdale sporting landscape. “This is our fourth campdraft … we run one annually,” Hawkesdale Campdraft Committee secretary Elise Dell told the Hamilton Spectator. “We’ve had 800 runs approximately, plus finals, which sourced a thousand head of cattle for the weekend.” Full story in the Spectator on Tuesday, February 19
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