Fire in pine plantation burns eight hectares at Ashbourne

Four aerial bombers were called in to help fight a fire at Ashbourne on Wednesday afternoon, December 11.

The fire, which started about 3.40pm, burnt eight hectares of land and trees in a pine plantation.

Fifteen appliances, including Country Fire Service (CFS) trucks, Department of Environment and Water vehicles, and farm fire units, battled the blaze until it was contained to the area.

A CFS spokeswoman said four aerial bombers dropped 12 loads to halt the fire, and two strike teams were brought in at 6pm "to secure the area and give crews a bit of a break".

"They want to have it out completely, before the hot weather next week," she said.

While the fire is contained, crews remain on scene today monitoring it and blacking out any hot spots.

The cause is yet to be determined.