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Western Ring Road closed as crews battle grass fire

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18 Jan 2013
Thick black smoke blanketed the Western Ring Road forcing its closure this morning as fire crews battled a grass fire in Derrimut.

At 9.15am firefighters responded to a number of calls from motorists regarding a fire at the Derrimut Grasslands on Western Ring Road.

The large grasslands fire was spreading fast, burning more than six hectares of the parklands behind an industrial park. MFB firefighters worked extremely hard to contain the fire before it impacted the nearby McDonalds store.

Winds were pushing the fire in the direction of the freeway and causing thick black smoke making visibility very poor for motorists.  Police organised the closure of northbound and southbound traffic of the Western Ring Road during the peak of the fire.

The fire took MFB firefighters more than an hour to bring under control and two hours to extinguish. There were 11 appliances on scene with approximately 40 firefighters.

The fire has been deemed suspicious and is being investigated jointly by MFB Fire Investigators and the Police.

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