Fireworks ignite grassland at Mernda

A Doreen tanker attends a grass fire at Mernda earlier this month.

A GRASS fire in Mernda has served a timely reminder of the dangers of illegal fireworks.

Firefighters were called to reports of a grass and scrub fire at Cassinias Grove, on the outskirts of Mernda, at about 8.25pm on December 4.

Three CFA tankers from the Mernda, Doreen and Wollert brigades, a pumper from Mernda and support vehicles from Wollert, Mernda and Fire Rescue Victoria attended the fire. Ambulance Victoria was also in attendance.

The fire was brought under control by 9pm and nobody was injured, but a CFA spokesperson said the outcome could have been worse.

“It is believed the fire was caused by fireworks,” the spokesperson said.

“The use of illegal fireworks and fire crackers can cause large grassfires and tie up valuable emergency services resources.”

CFA members contain the fire.

In a post on its Facebook page, the Mernda brigade said the incident was a reminder to the community not to be complacent about fire risk during summer, even with wetter La Niña conditions predicted.

“As many would be aware, we had a grass fire in the grassland reserve in the Mernda Villages estate,” the post said.

“Thanks to the quick actions of local residents and CFA and FRV crews, the fire was contained and extinguished in a short timeframe.

“An incident like this does highlight the ever-present fire dangers around our suburb and the high risk to people and property when preventable accidents occur – even with cooler days and recent rainfall. The grass may be green, but it can still burn.”