A GRASS blaze was ignited in a paddock north west of Nhill on Aerodrome Road at 1.45pm.
Country Fire Authority District 17 Duty Officer Dale Russell said there are four fire trucks at the scene, with five more on route.
“(The fire) has a proliferation of sheep and duck manure in it which is proving difficult to extinguish. With the addition of wind at 37 to 57 kilometres an hours at 35 degrees Celsius,” he said.
Mr Russell said the fire is not under control but said he expected the fire to be under control by 4.15pm.
“The manure keeps re-igniting the fire,” he said.
The grass fire is on a private property.
Mr Russell said he believes the blaze was the cause of a burn off from seven days ago.
“The land owner told us they were certain they extinguished the burn off,” he said.
“Anybody who burnt off in the last week or two should go check because the fire danger rating today is severe. They need to go check.”
Fire trucks attending the grass blaze were from Nhill, Propodollah, Winiam, Broughton, Kiata, Lorquon, Netherby and Yanac.
“The firefighters are fighting very hard but it is difficult because of the conditions,” Mr Russell said.
“The fire is still contained to the paddock of origins.”
You will see or smell smoke across parts of Nhill.
The smoke is from a grass fire at the Nhill Aerodrome that is now contained.
There is no immediate threat to the community and no action is required.
What you should do:
Anyone experiencing wheezing, chest tightness and difficulty breathing should call Triple Zero (000).
If you have concerns about your health you should seek medical advice or call Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024.
Smoke and your health:
Some people are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke. You will be more sensitive to smoke if you have a heart or lung condition (including asthma), are pregnant, or are over 65. Children up to 14 are more sensitive to the effects of breathing in smoke.
If you are sensitive to smoke you should limit prolonged or heavy physical activity. Where possible you should try to stay indoors.
If you have a heart or lung conditions you should take your medication as prescribed by your doctor.
If you are asthmatic, follow your asthma plan and carry reliever medication with you.
For more information about smoke and your health visit the Better Health Channel www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au.
This message was issued by Country Fire Authority.