Pelican starts fire in Port Lincoln

Pelican starts fire in Port Lincoln

26 November 2007

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Australia — A pelican has caused a grass fire in Port Lincoln by flying into powerlines near Proper Bay road in Port Lincoln.

John Wise, Officer in Charge of Port Lincoln MFS says that this is the third time in three years a fire has begun this way.

The fire spread very quickly, burning out a paddock, through thick scrub, and threatened a home, but the MFS and CFS managed to contain the fire before it caused serious damage.

Two water bomber aircraft and six fire fighting appliances were involved in controlling the fire which burnt 22 acres.

The fire was contained just before it crossed the railway line, which was fortunate as there is no cross-over for vehicles across the line.

John Wise explained that if they had not have managed to stop the fire there, they would still be fighting it now.

The MFS and CFS have requested that cross-overs be created over the railway line in this area and John Wise hopes that this incident will give the matter some priority with the relevant authorities.

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