MEMBERS from District 17 CFA have helped battle fires in South Australia.
A strike team was made up of CFA volunteers from Wimmera. It was made up by volunteer firefighters from Apsley group, Karnak and Neuarpurr fire brigades.
The strike team also included volunteers from further south members from Bringalbert South and Dergholm.
The call came on Monday night for a request for aid to help fight the Blackford fire. The team returned Wednesday morning.
The Blackford fire, which burnt over 14,000 hectares started burning yesterday afternoon with hot, windy and dry conditions quickly causing the fire to burn out of control, towards Avenue and Lucindale.
The Wimmera area had an air quality community notice issued on Monday evening as smoke from the fires drifted to the area.
CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan commended the CFA Districts for quickly organising the Strike Teams in support of Country Fire Support in South Australia.
"Not only are Victoria's volunteer firefighters protecting life and property in their own communities, but we always stand ready to support communities and colleagues in our neighbouring states," he said.
Mr Heffernan said Victorians need to be prepared for fire season.
"It is important to understand and know the risks in your local area. Have a plan for what you and your family will do in the event of a fire and know where to access the latest emergency information," he said.
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