Fire in Joondalup during sweltering Perth weather


DFES is unsure of the extent of the fire yet. Picture Martin Kennealey
DFES is unsure of the extent of the fire yet. Picture Martin Kennealey

UPDATE, 4pm, Tues: DFES has advised pedestrians and cyclists not to use the pathway near Lake Joondalup within the fire zone because of the risk of falling branches.

About 20 firefighters are still at the scene to put out flare-ups.

The fire was contained about 7.10pm last night.

UPDATE, 6.15pm: About 80 firefighters are attempting to contain the blaze, which is moving slowly but is out of control.

Cockatoo Ridge and Cornell Parade have been added to the emergency list.

DFES has issued a bushfire watch and act warning for residents around Edgewater Drive, Regatta Drive and Lakevalley Drive.

Latest alert here.

UPDATE, 4.55pm: The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has advised residents near the Joondalup blaze to evacuate their homes.

The alert says it is not safe to stay and defend.

It warns of embers and recommends residents to turn off air conditioning but leave water running through the system if possible.

Areas include parts of ECU Joondalup, Lakeside Drive, Deakin Gate, Chancellor Pass, Grassbird Avenue and Hindmarsh Way, where residents were preparing to leave if the wind direction changed.

The full alert can be viewed here.

UPDATE, 4.35pm: An ECU Joondalup spokesman said reports there was a building on fire at the campus were incorrect. He said student housing, the child care centre and three teaching buildings had been evacuated.

UPDATE, 4.15pm: The ECU Joondalup campus has been evacuated as fire crews continue to fight a fire in bushland.

FIRE crews are battling a scrub blaze in Joondalup on an unseasonably hot March day in which Perth’s weather reached 39.7C just after 3.30pm.

The blaze was reported about 3pm with two response units sent to the Grassbird Avenue scene near Chancellor Pass.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said air services may be deployed depending on how the ground appliances fare.

Extra trucks have been sent to the scene.

The extent of the fire is not yet known.

Earlier, DFES gave an all clear for people living near the Yanchep Pine Plantation, where fire destroyed 6ha of land after a blaze began about 10am.

DFES has issued total fire bans for the cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup.

See our photo gallery of this afternoon’s blaze.

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