Power lines not arson to blame

POLICE investigations have concluded the Jack River, Hiawatha, Devon North fire that began on Egans Rd, Sunday, February 9, was most likely caused by power lines, not deliberate arson.

Wellington CIU, and DEPI fire investigators concluded power lines across land leased by Hancock Victorian Plantations were the likely source of the fire.

The fire spread to the south west at first before swinging back to the north east under the influence of a strong south westerly change about 1pm spotting to Devon North and Tara Valley before finally being contained.

The fires caused the loss of at least one residence, hundreds of kilometres of fencing and property losses running into millions of dollars.