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    Fierce grassfires near Melbourne at the weekend threatened hundreds of houses. Aircraft at Melbourne's airport?

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    Close shot of fire
    2 1/2 ft

    Fire fighters arrive and pass on
    7 ft

    High angle shot of scene with lorry moving pan to blazing scrub
    12 ft

    Man spraying fire with knapsack spray
    13 1/2 ft

    Close shot of blazing scrub
    15 1/2 ft

    Tank sprayers on back
    18 1/2 ft

    Hose filling tank on mans back
    20 1/2 ft

    Men drinking
    23 1/2 ft

    Police spraying fire
    27 1/2 ft

    Water tanker with men and equipment
    29 1/2 ft

    Long shot of area
    32 1/2 ft

    Men spraying scrub and hedge
    36 1/2 ft

    Long shot pan of area
    40 1/2 ft

    Long shot aircraft hangars
    45 ft

    Close shot men spraying offside of moving truck
    48 1/2 ft

    Long shot as above
    55 1/2 ft


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    Background: Fierce grassfires near Melbourne at the weekend threatened hundreds of houses. Aircraft at Melbourne's airport had to be moved to safety when a grassfire swept through a wide area of the Glenroy-Broadmeadows district. At one stage firemen were fighting the blaze on a two mile front.

    Whipped by hot northerly winds the flames swept with terrific speed through HAPPY VALLEY, leaving a trail of smoking black earth behind it. Fire Brigades from surrounding districts and from Melbourne were assisted by police and hundreds of volunteers.

    Stables at a stud farm near the bridge over MOONEE PONDS CREEK were set alight...and houses in the area were threatened. Several families moved out of their homes as flames licked to within yards of their backdoors.

    This was the scene in HAPPY VALLEY... and with the temperature reaching a maximum of one hundred degrees it was an unenviable task for firefighters. At Melbourne Airport planes were wheeled to safety as fire threatened major installations. At one stage almost every part of the airport was ablaze and flames swept right up to the entrance of two hangars. Dense smoke billowed high into the sky and for a time the airport was closed.

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