The Leongatha-facing side of Knox’s Hill went up when rogue fireworks started a grassfire. N061218

LEONGATHA Police have interviewed a 48 year old Chirnside Park man who will be charged with associated offences following a grassfire at Knox’s Hill on Saturday morning.
Just after midnight on Saturday morning, March 17, a group of men were camping beside Knox’s Hill, near Leongatha, when some fireworks were set off.
Leongatha Police Sergeant Dale McCahon said at least one of the fireworks started a grass fire on the side of the steep hill.
“CFA and police attended and the fire was extinguished, prior to re-flaring later on.
“CFA re-attended and remained on the scene until well into the afternoon.”
Approximately 70 CFA personnel from several brigades attended.
A helicopter firebomber was deployed to assist.
Sgt McCahon said police and CFA personnel manning traffic management points were disappointed with the behaviour of numerous motorists who failed to slow sufficiently or at all when approaching the scene.
“It is timely to remind all drivers that they must slow to 40km/h when approaching or passing any stationary emergency services vehicle that has it emergency vehicle warning lights flashing,” Sgt McCahon said.