FIREFIGHTERS have extinguished the grass and scrub fire which came within metres of Seaford homes yesterday.
Investigators are yet to determine what caused the fire at Belvedere Bushland Reserve, which burnt about six-to-eight hectares between Centenary Street, Ti-Tree Crescent and Frankston-Dandenong Road.
Flames were spotted directly behind the St Kilda Football Club oval at Linen House and smoke caused the closure of the new Peninsula Link freeway between EastLink and Frankston-Dandenong Road.
A CFA spokeswoman said fire crews were called to the scene at 1.45 yesterday afternoon. The fire was put out by 5.45 last night.
Although the blaze took place in a built-up, residential area, homes were never at risk, she added.
There were 16 trucks on the scene, including crews from Patterson River, Frankston, Carrum Downs, Skye and Mornington, and a water-bomber helicopter doused flames.
Residents living near the fire flocked to the streets and some took precautions such as watering down their roofs to protect properties.
Frankston councillor Glenn Aitken lives in the area and said some residents were visibly distressed.
Detective Sergeant Peter Sterling of Frankston police said CFA fire investigators and an arson chemist from the Victoria Police forensic services centre were continuing their investigation into the cause of the blaze.
‘‘It was doused without any damage to houses, thank goodness. It may have come within six metres of residential fences."
Detective Sergeant Sterling asked that people take note of the registration numbers and makes and models of suspicious vehicles and write down descriptions of people they believed were acting suspiciously during the fire season.
‘‘We would like our community members to be aware and alert in relation to suspicious activity relating to fire, specifically anyone behaving strangely in reserves or leaving bush areas on high risk fire days.’’
Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to report suspicious activity, or call Detective Senior Constable Ryan Collinson 9784 5540 with information about yesterday’s fire.
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