Warning issued as smoke haze blankets Perth

The smoke haze has blanketed Perth.
The smoke haze has blanketed Perth.

A HAZE of smoke has blanketed Perth, with locals urged to shut their doors and windows and turn off air-conditioners.

The Parks and Wildlife Service issued a smoke alert reaching from Bunbury to Perth, including Mandurah, in the South West and Perth metropolitan area.

The smoke is the result of prescribed burns carried out by the Parks and Wildlife Service in the South West, and is expected to clear overnight.

Smoke may reduce visibility on some roads and motorists should take care, turn on headlights and reduce speed.

WHAT TO DO:

If the smoke is particularly thick, it is recommended people shut doors and windows and turn off air-conditioners.

Smoke may reduce visibility on some roads and motorists should take care, turn on headlights and reduce their speed.

People with asthma and pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses should follow their pre-prepared treatment plan.

People with conditions exacerbated by smoke should follow medical advice.

Smoke haze blankets Perth after prescribed burns. Picture: Daniel Wilkins

 

Earlier, a bushfire in Perth’s southern suburbs has been brought under control by firefighters.

A ‘bushfire advice’ alert for the southern part of Banjup remains in place from emergency services.

The fire started about 12.10pm on Monday near Springfields Close in Banjup and affects people in an area bounded by Oxley Road, Wolfe Road and Liddelow Road.

DFES said the alert level for the fire had been downgraded as fire conditions had improved.

“There is no threat to lives or homes. Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes,” DFES said.

Firefighters are patrolling the area and mopping up now the blaze is contained and under control.

Locals are being urged to stay alert and monitor surroundings, and watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.