DFES issues advice for out of control fire in Sawyers Valley

Stock picture.
Stock picture.

UPDATE, 3.20pm: Authorities have issued the ‘all clear’ for a bushfire in Sawyers Valley, which they say was deliberately lit.

DFES revised information about the fire which burnt through about 8ha overnight, and said firefighters were patrolling the area and mopping up.

UPDATE, 6.53am, February 7, 2019: A FIRE that ripped through at least 34ha of bushland in Sawyers Valley overnight is believed to have been deliberately lit.

The fire, which started near the junction of Gorrie Road and Great Eastern Highway, was reported at 9.27pm.

A bushfire advice was then issued for people south-east of the junction and the townsite of Chidlow.

About 40 firefighters attended and the fire is now contained and under control, with the Shire of Mundaring managing the area.

However, Main Roads WA has issued a caution for drivers in the area because of reduced visibility.

Police are now urging people to report any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au for updates.

It wasn’t the only fire in Perth’s east overnight with another in Forrestdale reported at 8.50pm, near Commercial and Swamp roads, and one in Greenwoods Valley reported at 7.23pm near Dempster and Hitchcock roads.

 

11.32pm, February 6, 2019: THE Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued bushfire advice for an out of control fire in Sawyers Valley (updated at 11.55pm from Chidlow) in the Shire of Mundaring.

Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire, which was reported about 9.30pm (updated at 12.04am from ‘10.30pm’) on February 6. 

DFES issued advice for people near the intersection of Gorrie Road and Great Eastern Highway and the townsite of Chidlow about 10.50pm.

There is no threat to lives or homes or immediate danger, but DFES advised people to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes. 

The fire started near the intersection of Gorrie Road and Great Eastern Highway in Sawyers Valley.

It is moving in a north easterly direction and is out of control and unpredictable.

There is a lot of smoke in the area.

Some roads may be closed and DFES asked motorists to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au for updates.