Residents Evacuated In Melbourne's North Due To Hazardous Smoke

Fire size of sports field

14 July 2017

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Smoke from a tip fire the size of a sports field has forced the evacuation of more than 100 homes in Melbourne, with four people taken to hospital.

Firefighters have doorknocked 115 homes in Dallas telling residents to get out and more evacuations could be necessary as the fire at SKM Recycling in Coolaroo continues to burns 24 hours after it started.

"It is the size of a sports field, it is as high as a factory," Emergency Services Minister James Merlino told reporters on Friday.

"It is highly likely that there will be further recommendations to evacuate."

The MFB expects it will take three days to get control of the fire which started in a heap of cardboard, paper and plastic on Thursday morning.

The Environment Protection Authority has declared air quality across the affected areas to be of "very poor" quality.

Vic Emergency has recommended all residents in Dallas leave the area immediately. 

The warning reads: 

 “If you are located in the following locations then you should evacuate now.

- Barry Road between Dallas Drive and Doy Street

- Washington Street between King Street and Doy Street.

- Edmund Street between King Street and Doy Street.

- Doy Street between Barry Road and Edmund Street.

- Dallas Drive to Sale Court, including Sale Court.”

Residents are encouraged to take their pets mobile phone and medications with the, and make their neighbours aware of the situation.

 Those who are currently not at home are advised to not return. Residents who choose to stay, emergency services may not be able to help you. 

When travelling is encouraged residents close windows and turn off air conditioning. Headlights can make is easier to see in the smoke.

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