Golf club fire

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Golf club fire

Three CFA crews put out a fire that flared up at Woorayl Golf Club in Leongatha at around 1.30pm today (Wednesday).

Golf club president Graeme Winkler called 000 after he saw smoke coming from an old burn-off.

The burn-off was conducted a month ago to destroy a stack of logs and branches and an old telephone pole.

“We saw smoke coming out of it two weeks ago, then nothing,” he said.

But CFA crews said the fire had probably never gone out, with embers smouldering away for a month.

When recent hot winds dried out the fuel and fed the fire it blazed up again, the remaining logs and foliage igniting.

Mr Winkler said the fire was unlikely to spread but he called for help because of the total fire ban.

Nobody was hurt and no property damaged.

Two crews from Leongatha attended the fire and one from Ruby.

They sprayed water onto the fire to extinguish it and set up a sprinkler to keep the site damp overnight.

They also spent time hosing down an old telephone pole on the stack that was smouldering deep inside.

CFA vegetation management officer Stephen Burns urged people to check their burn-off sites.

“We’ve had burn-offs from three and four months ago flare up,” he said.

Fire can smoulder a long time inside an old burn-off site, especially if the fire is banked in by dirt.

He suggested people break open old burn-off sites to check no fire was lingering inside.

If old fire sites are still hot, people should take action to put the embers out, and if fire blazes up or people need help, they should call 000.

Fire restrictions in South Gippsland and Bass Coast shires begin on Monday, January 20.

Fire strikes: CFA crews extinguish a fire at Woorayl Golf Club today.

Fire strikes: CFA crews extinguish a fire at Woorayl Golf Club today.

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