A fire that was threatening a housing estate in Melbourne’s western suburbs has been brought under control, after residents were urged to leave their homes.
The CFA issued an emergency warning for those living in Mount Cottrell, Truganina and Chartwell, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne’s CBD, at 6.20pm saying a nearby blaze remained out of control.
The fire was brought under control by 8.20pm on Monday night, with a CFA spokeswoman saying more than 50 crews had been summoned to help contain the grassfire.
“There is currently no threat to you, but you should stay informed and monitor conditions,” VicEmergency told residents near the fire ground.
Rockbank, Tarneit and Ravenhall locals were told while there was no threat to them from the fire, they should monitor conditions in case circumstances change.
VicEmergency said there were earlier fears that homes in Chartwell Estate “could be impacted anytime within the next hour”.
The grassfire was moving south from Troups Round South towards Chartwell Estate on Boundary Road.
“Firefighters have been unable to stop the fire and it is moving towards Chartwell Estate,” VicEmergency said in an earlier online update.
“Leaving now is the safest option, before conditions become too dangerous… Emergency services may not be able to help you if you decide to stay.
“Grassfires can generate extreme heat. Heat will kill you before the flames reach you.”
The fire was only 200 to 300 metres long at 5.15pm, but had likely grown “significantly” since then, according to a CFA spokesman.
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Residents living near the fire impact zone were being encouraged to take their pets, medications, mobile phone and charger when they relocate to a safe area with family or friends.
If people were unable to leave their homes, the CFA recommended closing all exterior doors, windows and vents, turning off cooling systems, and taking shelter in a room with multiple exits and a view to be able to monitor conditions outside.
“If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt,” VicEmergency said on Monday night.
Much of Victoria was at ‘high’ fire danger risk on Monday, with the Wimmera and Mallee regions both considered ‘high risk’.