Lucindale fire was "fast and furious"

Hamish Macdonald and and David Corbin of Callendale CFS
Hamish Macdonald and and David Corbin of Callendale CFS

A fire-fighter has described Monday's Blackford fire, which roared down on Lucindale, as the fastest-moving blaze he has ever seen.

The flames were sparked on Monday afternoon and, with hot, windy weather, quickly spread out of control.

Local Callendale Country Fire Service volunteer Hamish Macdonald was on the frontline, helping to keep the fire out of Lucindale.

"It was pretty intense, I haven't seen a fire move so quickly ever. It is the most intense fire I have been involved in," he said.

"It was fast and pretty furious - we are out at Avenue and came in along the fire-front pretty much, to hold it up on the airstrip there on the outskirts of town.

"Then we whizzed out to Fairview Road where we stopped it there from crossing over. It was a fast-moving grass fire and it was pretty scary.

Mr Macdonald has been a member of the CFS for 25 years and said he was glad they did not see fires like this often.

He said the volunteers had done a great job of controlling the fire.

"I think there is another day of work to be done yet, but we have been lucky with the weather change we had, and a cool day on Tuesday gave us an opportunity to get it under control," he said.

"They got a lot of appliances here on Monday so there has been a huge amount of help from all over the place.

"We were there pretty quickly out at Avenue, and we stayed to defend the Bull Island Homestead and then once we deemed that to be safe, we came back into town.

"It was phenomenal to see Tuesday morning how many appliances had got down here. It has been amazing."

The CFS held a public meeting in Lucindale on Tuesday night to update the community on the situation and give locals an opportunity to ask questions.

CFS crews came from around the region to help battle the blaze. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion

CFS crews came from around the region to help battle the blaze. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion