Melbourne Tip Fire Brought Under Control by Nearly 40 Firefighters

January 24, 2021 Updated: January 24, 2021

Suburbs in Melbourne’s west are on smoke alert because of a fire in a recycling centre.

The blaze started before 6am on January 25 and is now under control, according to Fire Rescue Victoria.

A pile of waste material caught fire and it took about 40 firefighters to bring it under control.

Smoke from the fire is blowing south and advice has been issue for 17 nearby suburbs including Altona, Williamstown, Laverton, Newport, Point Cook and Sunshine West.

Authorities said there is no threat to the community, but people should monitor conditions and avoid the area if possible.

“If you are sensitive to smoke or you live with someone who is sensitive to smoke you should close windows and doors. Turn off heating and cooling systems,” the announcement added.

Fire Rescue Victoria said it took about 40 minutes to bring the fire under control.

“This is expected to be a protracted incident and crews will remain on scene to ensure it is safe,” it said.

The temperature reached 30 degrees in Melbourne by 7.30am.