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Fire on mine lease

Friday, 28th September, 2012

Station Officer Steve Evans working to contain a blaze at Perilya’s Argent Street mine lease yesterday. Station Officer Steve Evans working to contain a blaze at Perilya’s Argent Street mine lease yesterday.

By Kurtis J Eichler

A scrub fire that broke out on Perilya's North Mine lease yesterday didn't appear to have been deliberately lit, fire crews said.

Ten firef ighters worked to contain the grass fire which was billowing smoke and catching the attention of passing motorists along Argent Street.

Crews arrived about 9:40am after a phone call from a passerby alerted them to the blaze.

Strong winds and temperatures of up to 35C didn't help, although several firefighters were able to walk onto the site to get closer to the fire and Perilya supplied a bush fire truck with two mine workers to help.

Station Officer Steve Evans said the fire, which covered about 30 square metres of land, didn't appear to have been lit deliberately.

He said it took roughly an hour to get it under control.

"Today with the breeze behind it, it spread quite rapidly and over quite some distance, " SO Evans said.

"This is the time of year where people need to take care."

A witness and a nearby resident told the BDT that youngsters had been walking past the scene moments before the fire started.

"They lit one a few days before over there," one witness said.

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