THREE brigades and the Heathcote DELWP were called to a fire on the McIvor Hwy on December 19.
An angle grinder is believed to be the cause of a fire that burned half an acre of grassland alongside the McIvor Creek.
Heathcote CFA captain Carl Watkins said those responsible attempted to bring the fire under control themselves, however they could not contain the blaze. Fire crews worked to bring the fire under control and prevent it spreading to the creek grassland.
■OVER the Christmas and new year period the Heathcote brigade were called out to four fires which were campfires or illegally lit rubbish burn-offs.
It is believed nearby residents reported seeing smoke and called emergency services however none of the fires were out of control.
■FIVE vehicles responded to reports of the BP service station being filled with smoke at 12.50am on January 14.
There were no visible flames and the smoke is believed to be a result of a faulty anti-theft measure.
■INFORMATION sessions that were held at the Heathcote brigade headquarters proved successful with about 20 people attending the evening session, some to join the brigade and others to gain advice for the fire season. Residents are reminded to stay alert in the coming months as the fire season has only just begun.