Flames leap the freeway

GOOD DEFENCE: A Euroa firefighter battled the blaze head-on at the north-bound lane of the Hume Freeway on Wednesday.

TRAFFIC was diverted for over four hours last Wednesday due to an out of control burn-off which crossed the Hume Freeway at Euroa.

Investigations are continuing into the burn-off, which took place near Creighton Hill (or Mercer’s Hill, as it is known locally) at 3.30pm, which saw 25 fire appliances battle the 300 acre blaze.

A nearby landholder was believed to have had a permit to perform the burn-off, which is a legal requirement when undertaken during the Fire Danger Period, according to District 22 rostered duty officer Shane Sutton.

“The burn-off hit the north-side of the road before it jumped the Hume Freeway,” Mr Sutton said.

He said 20 brigades, including Euroa, Locksley and Longwood, turned out to the scene and worked hard to extinguish the fire, which blocked both lanes of the freeway to motorists.

“The job was closed off just before 9pm on Wednesday night, when we re-opened both lanes,” he said.

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