Bushfire threatens homes, school in Forrestdale

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A fast-moving, out of control and unpredictable bushfire is threatening lives and homes in Perth’s southeast.

An emergency warning was issued for the southern part of Forrestdale on Thursday afternoon.

Students and staff from Forrestdale Primary School have been evacuated to Neerigen Brook Primary School.

Several roads have been closed including Forrest Road, where the fire started near the Tonkin Highway intersection.

The blaze has also prompted a watch and act alert for neighbouring suburbs Piara Waters and Harrisdale.

The warning is in effect for people bounded by Anstey Road, Keane Road, Armadale Road, Tonkin Highway, Rowley Road and Nicholson Road.

WHAT TO DO:

If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.

Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.

If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.

If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.

If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.

Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

For up-to-date warnings visit: Emergency.wa.gov.au