Melbourne homes are reported to have been lost on Victoria’s worst fire danger day since Black Saturday
Homes have reportedly been lost on Melbourne’s outskirts as fire crews battle more than 25 bushfires across Victoria.
News outlets say homes have gone up in flames in Gisborne and Warrandyte, as the state endures its worst bushfire conditions since Black Saturday in 2009.
The CFA is unable to confirm the reports but says spot fires and ember attacks are occurring around Sunbury, Gisborne and Gisborne South.
“There are reports on various news outlets but we haven’t had confirmation on that,” a CFA spokeswoman said.
The ABC reports homes have been lost in Melbourne’s Gisborne area.
It has been broadcasting footage of a house on fire.
The Nine Network tweeted an aerial photo of a house on fire, saying it was in the Warrandyte area.
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Emergency warnings have been issued for nine out-of-control fires in Victoria, including three in outer Melbourne.
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade has sent 15 trucks to a large grassfire burning in the western Melbourne suburb Keilor.
“It’s a very busy day for us,” MFB spokesman Trevor Woodward said.
CFA spokesman Tony Bearzatto said a wind change moving across the state could make things worse.
“The wind change is going through and creating more danger for the community and fire fighters,” Mr Bearzatto told the ABC.
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He said the potential for the flank of the fire to become the head of the fire increased the risk to the community.
“We need to reinforce the need for people to have a plan in place,” he said.