Out-of-control bushfire threatening homes near Ballarat



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An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire near Ballarat, in Victoria’s west.

Authorities have warned the fire is threatening homes and lives in Buninyong.

“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive,” the Emergency Warning issued this afternoon reads.

“The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately. It is too late to leave, leaving now would be deadly.”

The fire is now burning in the area of Brennans and Pryors roads after moving south from Devonshire and Nashs road.

Large flames are being fanned by strong winds. (9news)
It is currently travelling in a southerly direction, and has now crossed Scotts Lane.

Four fire-fighting helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, along with ground crews, are working to control the blaze.

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The 9News chopper camera has filmed extensive smoke and flames being fanned by strong winds gusting up to 50km/h.

The blaze comes as temperatures soar towards 40 degrees across the state.

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Fixed-wing aircraft are dispersing fire retardant over the blaze. (9news)
Four fire-fighting helicopters, along with ground crews, are working to control the fire. (9NEWS)
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