Police are investigating 11 suspicious grassfires that are believed to have been deliberately lit across five days last week in north-east Victoria.
‘‘Investigators are co-ordinating a planned response to these investigations and are treating them as suspicious,’’ Echuca police Detective Sergeant Brendon Murphy said.
‘‘It is not clear exactly how these fires have started, (but) prompt CFA attention has resulted in the majority of these fire being put out without extensive damage.’’
Police said on Wednesday night four fires occurred just before midnight at Girgarre East Rd in Tatura, Cooma Rd in Cooma, Lilford Rd in Kyabram and another at South Boundary Rd in Kyabram.
On Friday just before 11pm there was a grassfire 100m west of McKenzie Rd and Gray Rd in Kyabram.
Later on the same night, just after midnight, two grassfires occurred at the intersection of Henderson Rd and Graham Rd in Tongala and at the intersection of McKenzie Rd and Fraser Rd in Koyuga.
‘‘These fires, because of the amount of vegetation beside roadways, have the potential for fatalities and the destruction of farming properties and houses,’’ Sgt Murphy said.
Lastly, on Saturday night or the early hours of Sunday morning, four fires were lit in the Campaspe Shire, Tongala and Kyabram areas.
‘‘The first fire was lit on a rural property in Henderson Rd in Tongala, destroying 15 large round hay bales,’’ Sgt Murphy said.
Three other fires were lit beside roads at various rural locations.
Anyone who has seen any suspicious activity in these areas can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.