Brand new Avoca hay shed still burning after 11 hours

TRAGIC: A brand new hay shed up in flames at Avoca.
TRAGIC: A brand new hay shed up in flames at Avoca.

Update: 4pm

A fire at an Avoca hay shed which has been burning freely for 11 hours is still yet to be extinguished. 

Country Fire Authority District 16 operations manager Neville Collins said the blaze was contained to the structure, but crews would need to remain overnight to continue fighting the fire. 

“We haven’t been able to access the hay stack,” he said. 

“We are looking at pulling the structure apart tomorrow and extinguishing the remaining fire with excavators through foam and water.

“Depending on what changes overnight, we will need to assess our options tomorrow morning.”

Update: 1.20pm

Fire crews are still trying to extinguish a fire which has engulfed a brand new Avoca hay shed.

Five Country Fire Authority brigades have been at the Coffeys Lane property scene since 5am on Tuesday morning. 

CFA District 16 operations manager Neville Collins said the fire was contained, but still burning freely. 

“We are waiting on heavy machinery to arrive and then we will assess what to do next,” he said. 

Fire investigators and police have also attended the scene throughout the morning. 

CFA advice issued to nearby residents said there was no current threat to the community, but recommended people to stay informed and monitor conditions.

It also mentioned smoke would be visible from Avoca, Natte Yallock and other nearby towns.

What you should do: 

  • People are advised to avoid the area.

Impacts in your area: 

  • Emergency Services will remain in the area. 
The location of the hay shed fire incident on the Vic Emergency app.

The location of the hay shed fire incident on the Vic Emergency app.

Earlier: 12:40pm

A brand new Avoca hay shed valued at $500,000 went up in smoke on Tuesday morning. 

The 70 by 24 metre shed at Cofffeys Lane was filled with 2600 bales.

Country Fire Authority brigades were called to the blaze about 4.35am – it was deemed under control at 6am.

Investigations into the fire are ongoing.