A NATIMUK farmer has thanked authorities and neighbours for their quick response after they saved his property from a fast-growing fire on New Year's Day.
A slasher started the fire in a paddock south of Natimuk, about 2.20pm on Tuesday.
The fire was on the property of farmer Michael Sudholz.
He estimated the blaze burnt 90 hectares and said it was the worst fire his property had had.
"It was a very fast fire," Mr Sudholz said.
"We were extremely happy with everyone who pitched in to help and were amazed with the volunteers who came.
"We are very grateful for all their work."
About 40 firefighters, a fire-spotting helicopter, a Department of Sustainability and Environment unit and more than 25 private units attended the blaze.
Mr Sudholz said the fire was headed towards his house.
"It was probably only half a kilometre from our house, which could have been in danger," he said.
"It was a warm day, but one of the safer days if there was a fire.
"There was low humidity and the fire created its own breeze once it got a bit of heat into it.
"Apart from a couple of fences burnt, a damaged slasher and losing some sheep feed with the stubble, the impact was pretty minimal.
"But it could have been a lot, lot worse.
"I would not like to have a fire on a really bad day."
Natimuk Fire Brigade captain Mark Uebergang said the wind was shifting and the fire did have potential to head towards the residence.
"Because of the low humidity, even though the wind was not strong the fire was moving quickly and was reasonably hard to deal with," he said.
"I was delighted with how quickly the fire brigades got there and with the support of the reconnaissance helicopter and Horsham command vehicle.
"Thanks to everyone who responded."
West Wimmera Health Service corporate and quality services executive director Kaye Borgelt was called to Natimuk Nursing Home on Tuesday.
She said the fire was a couple of paddocks away and was too far away to affect the nursing home