Perth bushfire threatens lives and homes

Emergency services attend the Bullsbrook fire. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Emergency services attend the Bullsbrook fire. Picture: Martin Kennealey

LIVES and homes are under threat as a bushfire rages at a national park east of Perth.

An emergency bushfire warning is in place for Shady Hills Estate in Bullsbrook, northwestern parts of Gidgegannup and northeastern parts of the Walyunga National Park in the City of Swan.

Winds in the area are expected to reach 80 kilometres per hour, which can cause embers to travel well ahead of the fire front.

Residents are being warned that it’s too dangerous to try and return home, and urged to stay with family or friends or go to the temporary evacuation centre at Beechboro Community Hub.

EMERGENCY WARNING ISSUED FOR BULLSBROOK 

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Firefighters in Walyunga National Park. Picture: Martin Kennealey

Early on Tuesday morning the fire, which began in the national park, was relatively stationary. But strong easterly winds in the afternoon have caused extreme fire behaviour.

“Winds in the area are expected to reach 80 kilometres an hour which can cause embers to travel well ahead of the fire front,” DFES said in a statement.

“If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.

“The safest route is north via Taylor Road, left on Smith Road, left on Chittering Road to Great Northern Highway.”

Meanwhile, a bushfire watch and act warning remains in place for southeastern parts of Bullsbrook and northwestern parts of the national park.

Local residents need to leave now or get ready to actively defend their home. Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

Firefighters were at the scene of a bushfire in Edgewater. Picture: Laura Pond

Edgewater fire downgraded

FIREFIGHTERS have downgraded a blaze in Edgewater, which had been burning in Yellagonga Regional Park just north of Ocean Reef Road.

A Bushfire Advice warning remains, with residents urged to keep up-to-date in case the situation changes.

Roads in the area are now open, but motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Edgewater fire. Picture: Josh Tucker

Picture: Josh Tucker

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