Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Forest fire at Aberdeen Lake - Castanet

by Trevor Rockliffe -  Castanet Story: 79740
Aug 27, 2012 / 8:38 pm

A 50 hectare forest fire is burning at Aberdeen Lake. The fire is torching the forest in a strip that is about 1.5 kms long.
Forestry was pounding the fire from the air and ground crews are working on the perimeter. The fire is several kilometres from the nearest structure.
Fire Information officer Kevin Skrepnek says, "It is burning in some heavy timber and it will be burning for a while. The wind will be blowing some of the smoke down to Lavington and Lumby."
Skrepnek says four people from the Nicklen Lake Resort and four people, who were at a forestry service site, decided to self evacuate.
There is no evacuation alert or order on any properties. The lodge is approximately five kilometres away from the fire.
"We had eight airtankers on it today as well as helicopters," says Skrepnek.
He says there are more than 30 personnel working the blaze.
"The fire is heading north to south and it is heading in the direction of the lake, so it is working in our favour."


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