A SCRUB fire north east of Cape Bridgewater, beside Bridgewater Rd, burnt close to a hectare before being brought under control on Monday afternoon.
The fire was reported at 1.24pm, and under control by 3pm and officially extinguished at 5.10pm by five trucks and four aircraft from the CFA and seven slip-ons, one bulldozer and one truck from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.
CFA operations officer Brian Brady said the four fixed-wing water bombers, two from Casterton and two from Hamilton, were notified at the same time as the brigades and called in due to the difficulty of accessing the fire in the scrub.
“They’re really good at knocking fires down so it’s safe to send people in to mop up,” Mr Brady said.
DEPI district fire manager Michael Davies said the fire burned an area between Shelly Beach Retreat and Fisherman’s Cove.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.