WHILE the Glenelg Shire has remained lucky throughout the recent heat wave to avoid a major bushfire, local firefighting crews continue to protect neighbouring communities.
Day and night-shift strike crews from various Country Fire Authority units across the shire are being bussed to two major fires still burning in the Grampians.
On average 13 volunteers have been sent up twice a day for 12 hour shifts to assist with managing control lines and putting out spot fires since last Thursday.
Local emergency services workers are also currently stationed at the Horsham control centre to help direct the fire fighting effort on the ground.
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer, January 24, 2014.