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Fire Crews Work to Save Homes in Melbourne

Authorities are battling to protect homes from an out of control blaze in Melbourne’s southeast, with at least one house on fire and footage showing fences and sheds alight.

A watch and act alert is in place for Carrum Downs, Frankston North, Langwarrin and Skye.

The bushfire at Blue Wren Rise in Carrum Downs is travelling in a southerly direction towards Quarry Road.

Residents are being told to leave if it is safe to do so.

“Travel to the home of family or friends that are away from the warning area,” the alert states.

News footage of the Carrum Downs fire shows crews on the ground working to put out fences, sheds and roofs that have caught fire.

Two water-bombing helicopters are also on the scene working to protect properties.

“Houses are being impacted as the fire is running … and that is where the firefighters are now,” Victorian emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley told reporters in Melbourne.

“Aircraft have been deployed and that will be an active fire for the remaining part of the daylight hours of today.”

Mr Lapsley said authorities hoped to have the fire under control by the time an expected wind change hits the metropolitan area about 7pm on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a fire that had been raging in the state’s west has been brought under control.

Firefighters have stopped the spread of a grassfire at Glenormiston South, north east of Warrnamboo,l but are warning residents they shouldn’t relax as conditions could change.

“Leaving now is the safest option,” a Country Fire Authority watch and act alert for Glenormiston North, Glenormiston South, Noorat, Noorat East and Kolora states.

A total fire ban is in place across Victoria until midnight. Sunday is expected to be much cooler.

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