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CFA battles Wantirna South tip fire

26th January 2012

UPDATE 3.15pm: Firefighters are battling a fire at the Knox Council waste transfer station in Wantirna South.

The tip, opposite Jell’s Park just off George’s road, went up in flames at about 1.10pm today and the first crews on the scene called for immediate back up.

The fire was brought under control about 3.10pm.

Three MFB crews as well as CFA crews from more than 10 different stations are on the scene.

CFA regional duty officer Graeme Bourne said the fire was putting up a lot of smoke and warnings had been issued to surrounding suburbs.

“For the moment we’re just worried about inhalation, but we’ve got the EPA coming down to make sure the smoke isn’t toxic,” Officer Bourne said.

“There’s a lot of mattresses, plastic and other junk in there so we’re not sure at this stage.”

CFA Knox Group Officer Jim Read said the fire was proving difficult to get under control but was not going to spread.

“Because we don’t know what’s in there it’s quite difficult to put out.”

“It’s going to take around nine or 10 hours to put it out completely.

“It’s not going anywhere – it’s just a smoky, dirty fire taking up a lot of effort and manpower.”

Police are keeping people out of the tip area and have blocked off the George Road entrance.

This is the third fire to start at the tip in the past five years.

UPDATE 2.05pm: Firefighters are battling a fire at the Knox Council waste transfer station in Wantirna South.

The fire was reported about 1.10pm today, and the first crews on the scene have called for extra back up.

Residents in Knoxfield, Scoresby and Wantirna South have been advised to close windows and doors.

CFA crews from Boronia, Bayswater, Ferntree Gully, Rowville and Scoresby are on the scene, with three MFB crews also joining the firefight.

A CFA spokesman told the Leader that the fire was putting up a large amount of smoke, with motorists travelling on the nearby EastLink toll road calling to report the blaze.

Seventeen fire crews are now battling the blaze, with their efforts focused on protecting a large shed.

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