9 Dec 2012

Bushfire now controlled

10:33 am on 9 December 2012

Fire crews have almost contained an bushfire covering 800 hectares north of Melbourne, but winds are expected to pick up again on Sunday.

More than 200 volunteer firefighters worked through a night of bad weather and tough terrain to bring the fire at Whiteheads Creek, west of Seymour, under control.

CFA controller Greg Murphy said the northern spread of the fire had been stopped along Kobyboyn Road, but the blaze was not yet contained.

"We ... are confident that we have stopped the immediate threat to residents in the area," Mr Murphy said. "We ... are well in progress of controlling it."

AAP reports 50 fire trucks were dispatched overnight, 35 of which are expected to remain throughout Sunday. Firefighting aircraft will also be sent to the blaze.