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Residents move to safety
Residents directly next to grassland in the Racecourse Road area of Sunbury were advised to 'move to safety' by retreating one or two blocks away from a grassfire this afternoon (Thu 6 Feb).
The fire was reported at 11.45am and was moving in a south-south-westerly direction from the Emu Bottom Wetlands towards Racecourse Road.
A Watch & Act warning advised other residents NOT directly next to grassland to stay where they were "as grassfires are unlikely to spread past the first row of homes".
The warning also advised nearby residents not to try to get a closer look at the fire, "...you’ll put yourselves and others in danger."
"Avoid driving in a grassfire. It may be smoky and hard to see so traffic jams and accidents are likely, and the roads need to be kept free for the emergency services."
This advice is part of updated messaging that was introduced after the Epping fire in February 2013 to give clearer advice to people living on the edge of grassland.
The fire was brought under control by 12.30pm.