PHOTOS: The Bucketts on fire

12PM UPDATE: A FIRE on the Bucketts has burned nearly 70ha of bush and farmland.

Crews are working with hand tools to contain the fire, which remains on the eastern side of the mountain.

Jim Sullivan from the Rural Fire Service said small back burns were being used to steer the fire up the ridge.

“At this stage we’ve had fairly favourable winds,” he said.

“We’ve got containment lines in place on the western side of the Bucketts and we’ve brought in supplies of water in portable dams.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but the RFS believes it may have been started by a spark from a flat tyre on a trailer being pulled by a car.

“It underlines how dry it is and how easily a fire can start,” Mr Sullivan said.

“It’s very rocky country so there’s not a lot of underbrush.

“At this stage the fire is fairly slow moving, but there’s the possibility of an easterly springing up this afternoon.”

Mr Sullivan said five local crews were at the fire site while others were on standby.

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