A HOUSE has been destroyed after a fire, believed to have been started by a lawnmower, swept through Yemm Lane at Heathcote this afternoon.
The CFA also reports a number of cars have been burnt before the 22 units which attended at the peak of the blaze, brought it under control.
The first broke out shortly after 3pm and it took several hours before it was controlled in the dry, scrubby country.
A CFA spokesman said the destroyed house was in the path of the fire and the weatherboard house burnt too quickly to be saved.
“Only the one house has been lost but there has also been extensive damage to a number of outbuildings as well as the cars, which had all been parked in the same paddock," the spokesman said.
The CFA still had six units on the scene to ensure there were no flare ups during the evening from hotspots.
Twenty two fire units are battling an extensive grassfire at Yemm Lane in Heathcote.
CFA reports the fire is still out of control but that there is no current threat to homes or residents.
But a CFA spokesman said people living near the fire, which is being exacerbated by today’s hot weather and winds, should plan for what they will do if the situation changes.
He said people should monitor weather conditions and warnings as grassfires can spread rapidly.
“Also, please keep the roads clear so emergency services can respond,” he said.
“Smoke will be visible from nearby communities and roads.”
The next CFA update is expected by 8.30pm – or sooner if the situation changes.