Lost wheel sparks grass fire

A DISLODGED trailer wheel sparked a grass fire near Lake Charm on Monday.

A motorist driving south on the Murray Valley Highway lost a wheel on a boat trailer around 1.20pm, causing sparks from the trailing axle to ignite grass and trees beside the highway.

Fire crews from Lake Charm and Kerang extinguished the blaze.

Heavy holiday traffic was forced to reduce speed around the fire scene.

The fire spread rapidly into dry grass and trees.

The fire spread rapidly into dry grass and trees.

An axle trailing on the bitumen caused sparks that ignited roadside grass.

An axle trailing on the bitumen caused sparks that ignited roadside grass.

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