Grass fire closes Bruxner Highway
A fallen power line was the likely cause of a grass fire covering roughly two hectares that caused the Bruxner Highway near Lindendale to be closed at 1pm on Monday afternoon.
Three local Rural Fire Service brigades were able to get the fire under control, and the highway wasn't expected to be closed for long Boyd Townsend RFS superintendent said.
"The highway was closed because there was smoke going across the road," he said.
Firemen were moping up around the edge of the highway and then it could be reopened, he said.
Earlier in the day the power company cut power due to a fallen line in the area.
"There is a high probability that the fallen power line caused the fire," he said.
Emily Gray of the Spotted Pig restaurant at Alphadale, who took the above photo, said she understood the fire began when a bird ran into the powerline, "falling and igniting the paddock beneath it".