Fire closes Thozet Rd, houses being evacuated
UPDATE: 6.48PM The fire has been extinguished and fire crews will continue to make checks during the night.
Only a small number of houses were evacuated.
No further information was available as to the cause of the fire. It is not known whether it was considered suspicious.
UPDATE: 5.22PM Thozet Rd has reopened. Police advise there is no risk from fire but there is a risk from smoke.
Police are canvassing residents in the area.
EARLIER: Houses on Lakes Creek Rd from Thozet Rd to the Salad Bowl are being evacuated and Thozet Rd is closed to traffic from a large grass fire.
A pile of old tyres and other materials has also caught alight causing a large plume of black smoke which is visible from across the city.
Police and four fire crews are on the scene and traffic is urged to avoid the area.
More to come.