Fire update: Redesdale, Woodstock, Kyneton

SUNDAY 8.45AM: The State Control Centre has issued the latest information on fires at Redesdale, Kyneton and Woodstock on Saturday.


Fire investigators will examine the area of an eight-hectare fire at Redesdale on Saturday night to determine a cause.

Fire crews were called to Old Fords Road about 9.30pm.

A red flag warning was issued for fire crews at the scene due to the danger of falling trees and the rough terrain which made access difficult.

The fire was brought under control by 34 trucks.

The CFA issued an act message for the fire with some concern for nearby residents.

Fire crews remained at the scene into the early hours of Sunday morning to mop up the area.

The State Control Centre is still waiting for an assessment of damage caused by the fire.

Woodstock West

A fire at Woodstock West has been listed as 'controlled'.

The fire started by farm machinery about 3.50pm on Saturday burned through 150 hectares of stubble.

The CFA issued a watch and act warning for residents in surrounding areas.

''We still had crews there until midnight,'' the spokesperson said.

Thirty trucks were assisted by City of Greater Bendigo water tankers and graders in fighting the fire.

The State Control Centre spokesperson said two sheds were lost in the fire and there had been no reports of stock losses.

Ambulance paramedics treated one fire fighter for heat stress during the fire.


Authorities will investigate the cause of a 10-hectare fire near Kyneton on Saturday.

The fire in Harts Lane broke out at 3.45pm and was brought under control with 17 trucks and a Helitek water bomber.

A State Control Centre spokesperson said fire crews remained at the scene until 11pm on Saturday night mopping up.

The spokesperson said the State Control Centre had been in contact with V/Line during the fire but there was no need to stop train services.

UPDATE 10.30PM SATURDAY: A fire in Redesdale has been listed as 'under control' by the Country Fire Authority.

An advice warning was issued at 9.46pm for the Old Fords Road area.

The CFA said 27 fire trucks were sent to the scene.

Fire trucks were visible heading along Sutton Grange Road toward the fire scene.

The CFA advises smoke will be in the surrounding area.

UPDATE 6PM: The fire around Woodstock is still burning but is under control. 

A CFA spokeswoman said the blaze, which started around 3.50pm, was declared under control at about 5.45pm. 

A warning for Marong has been removed and the Kyneton grass fire is controlled. 

"They had a couple of aircraft working over it including an air crane from Ballarat," she said. 

"There were rural sheds and what have you in the vicinity of the fire. 

"There's no indication as to the impact on livestock yet. 

"It's still burning but it has been contained."

She said 28 fire trucks and a further 21 crew from the Department of Primary Industries would stay on site. 

"Crews will be out on scene mopping op and tidying up the control lines," the spokewoman said. 

"They'll be out there for hours making sure it doesn't go anywhere else."

It's not known what caused the fire. 

UPDATE: 5.30PM: Watch and act warnings have been issued for Marong, Woodstock, Woodstock on Loddon, Woodstock East and Shelbourne. 

According to the CFA, there is a large grassfire travelling fast in a northern direction. 

The grass fire is not under control and 26 CFA appliances are on scene. 

"Don't wait, leaving now is the safest option - conditions may change and get worse very quickly," the warning reads.

"Emergency services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.

"Travel to the home of family or friends that is away from the warning area (or) Bendigo CBD."

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UPDATE 4.45PM: A stubble fire is burning out of control at Woodstock West, near Shelbourne. 

An advice message has been issued, with residents urged to monitor conditions. 

"There is currently no threat to communities, but you should continue to stay informed and monitor conditions," the warning reads. 

A fire in Kyneton also continues to burn out of control. 

A further two helicopters, including Elvis's half brother, arrived at about 5pm to assist the current two choppers and 16 trucks currently on scene.

More to come. 

EARLIER: Kyneton residents have been urged to monitor a fire burning out of control at Woodleigh Heights. 

13 fire crews are on scene, with a further two trucks and air support en-route. 

A state control centre spokesperson said there was currently no properties under threat, but an advice message has been issued. 

"The fire started on Harts Lane at about 3.45pm and we are asking people to monitor conditions," she said. 

"There is currently no known cause of the fire, but it was located when someone saw a column of smoke in the area."

She said smoke would be visible from nearby communities and roads.

Stay Informed:


Tune to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.

Call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line (VBIL) on freecall 1800 240 667.
Deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment can contact VBIL via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

Download the FireReady App or follow CFA on Twitter or Facebook.
Road closures: check VicRoads website.

Safety Information:

Review your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan, decide what you will do if the situation changes.

If you have time check your neighbours to see if they are monitoring conditions.

If you are experiencing smoke exposure, seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.

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