A lucky escape as blaze spreads
A HOME and machinery shed came dangerously close to being engulfed in flames, when around 150 acres of grazing land went up in smoke.
The blaze in a paddock along Yangan-Killarney Rd at Danderoo yesterday was allegedly started by a cigarette butt thrown from a car window.
Resident Samantha Yarnold, who luckily was home at the time, saw a small fire in the gully just down the road from her house. By the time Ms Yarnold called the fire brigade half of the paddock was already alight.
"The wind blew the fire up the paddock pretty quickly," she said.
"It was scary; I didn't have any way or anything to put it out with.
"It felt like forever until the fire fighters got here but in reality they got here quite quickly." Ms Yarnold has rented the property near Tannymorel for almost three years.
"I'm usually not home and I was about to head into town," she said. "I was getting pretty concerned when the flames started roaring towards the house.
"I called Graham and Lynn Fletcher who own the property on the other side of the gully and let them know what was going on.
"They live in Tannymorel and may not have known."
The fire stopped around 30 metres shy of the Fletchers' machinery shed and 100 metres from Ms Yarnold's home.
Several rural and urban fire brigade crews from Yangan, Killarney, Warwick and Tannymorel helped contain the blaze. Firefighter Shane Cartwright, who had just recently completed a course to determine how fires start, investigated the scene.
"The information Samantha's given me has been quite useful," he said.
"She said it started near the road on the outside of the fence. It's a bit harder to determine the cause of the fire when it's grass but we should still be able to work it out."
Cigarette butts are in every way litter, are toxic, cause fires and can take up to 20 years to break down.
Fines of up to $2000 can apply if they are caught littering their butts. More if it happens to be a total fire ban day.