A bushfire at Goat Island on Lake Mulwala last Friday is believed to have started at a campsite where 12 campers were evacuated by emergency crews.
A fixed wing aeroplane water bomber from Albury and a helicopter from Mansfield were called in to help extinguish the bushfire near Major’s Creek, about 11kms east of Yarrawonga. The plane was seen hovering over Lake Mulwala and lowering to collect water.
The bushfire started around 12.30pm and was contained on the island by Parks Victoria and Forest Fire Management Victoria crews with the assistance of local CFA crews (one truck from the Bundalong brigade and three vehicles from Yarrawonga Fire Brigade) along with local SES personnel.
Firefighters managed to access the island on boats supplied by Parks Victoria and Goulburn Murray Water.
DELWP (Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning) spokesperson Luke Morrison said crew members will continue to patrol the area until the fire, which has burnt a total of five hectares, is completely out.
“There is still some smoke coming from the island so patrols will continue along with aerial surveys,” Mr Morrison said.