Residents in the townships of Pastoria and Pipers Creek, near Kyneton, north of Melbourne have been told it is too late to leave as a large bushfire burns out of control.
An emergency warning was also issued for the nearby communities of Lancefield and Newham about 9.30pm on Sunday, but it was downgraded to an advice warning at 10.45pm.
Emergency services were first alerted to the fire, which started near the Cobaw Ranges, at 6.30pm. The out of control fire is currently burning at Baynton Road, Pastoria and travelling towards Pipers Creek.
“This fire is threatening homes and lives,” the emergency warning states. “The safest option is to take shelter indoors immediately. It is too late to leave.”