Terrifying new footage emerges of Ballarat grass fire

A DRAMATIC new video has emerged of last week's fire in Lucas that had residents fearing for their safety.

As police continue to hunt a fire bug suspected of lighting at least three blazes in the area, Dyson Drive resident Ian Haby has given dramatic footage of a fire on Wednesday to The Courier.

Mr Haby, who captured the video on his iPad, released his footage in a bid to help catch the person responsible for lighting the fires.

The video shows flames that appear to be metres high on the opposite side of the road from houses in Dyson Drive.

Although the blaze came within about 200 metres of his house and burnt out hectares of property along Dyson Drive, Mr Haby said wind direction on the day meant he never felt his home was in serious danger.

However, he said he was more than aware a change in wind could have had disastrous consequences.

Just a few hundred metres along Dyson Drive the fire actually reached the road, burning a wood and wire fence in its path.

"If there was any sort of westerly wind we would be in all sorts of trouble" - Ian Haby

"It makes you pretty nervous. We've got a paddock opposite our house that hasn't been burnt yet so that could go up very easily," he said.

"I was just out the backyard and the alert came through on the (CFA FireReady) app and said there was a fire in Alfredton, then I heard the sirens come flying past and I ran out."

With a third fire on Saturday the latest in a string of blazes, Mr Haby said it had become a genuine concern, especially if one person was lighting all the fires, as suspected.

"If there was any sort of westerly wind we would be in all sorts of trouble," he said.

"Luckily the wind has been blowing the other way every time. I think people need to be aware of what is happening here so we can stop it as soon as possible."

Mr Haby also heaped praise on the fire fighters who contained the blaze.

"They did a great job, but it's only a matter of time before someone gets injured or killed, it's a bad situation," he said.

Detectives from Ballarat Criminal Investigation Unit are continuing their investigations into the fires, but say they are very much relying on assistance from the public to help track down the offenders.

Detective Senior Constable Troy Wickham said no information was too small and anything would help with the investigation.

Anybody witnesses or anybody with information is asked to contact Ballarat CIU on 5336 6080 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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