Emergency warning for bushfire north of Perth

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UPDATE, 12.44pm: DFES has downgraded the alert level to bushfire advice for parts of Woodridge, Caraban and Wilbinga as the fire is contained and controlled, and all running fire is out.

No roads have been closed but motorists are advised to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully.

UPDATE, 12.10pm: DFES has issued a bushfire emergency warning for parts of Woodridge, Caraban and Wilbinga north of Perth.

The emergency warning was issued about 11.40am on April 27 for people between King Drive and Moore River, west of the Woodridge Estate in the Shire of Gingin.

People in the area are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.

Homes west of King Drive are under threat by fire now.

The fire, reported about 11.04am, started near King Drive in Woodridge.

If the way is clear, DFES advised people to leave now for a safer place.

People who cannot leave, need to get ready to shelter in their home and actively defend it. Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

For those not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.

The bushfire is moving fast in a west south westerly direction, is out of control and unpredictable.

The safest route for those in the Woodridge Estate or surrounds is to leave the area via Indian Ocean Drive.

Firefighters, including those from the Bush Fire Service, are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.

It follows bushfire advice for suspicious fires in Yanchep National Park and Neergabby this morning.

EARLIER: BUSHFIRE advice has been issued for people travelling on Indian Ocean Drive in Yanchep National Park and for another fire in the Shire of Gingin. 

The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions issued an alert about 10.09am on April 27 for the Yanchep fire. 

The fire was reported about 9.07am near the national park’s main entrance and the cause is believed to be suspicious. 

The Departement of Fire and Emergency Services issued bushfire advice for another fire in Neeragabby, north of Perth, about 10.44am.

About 30 farmers and bushfire service firefighters are attending the Gingin Brook Road fire, which has burnt through 3ha and is also being treated as suspicious.

UPDATE, 11.10am: The ‘all clear’ has been issued for the Yanchep fire.

EARLIER: Firefighters are on the scene in Yanchep and the fire is controlled but not contained and has burnt through about 0.5ha. 

There is no threat to lives or homes, but there is a lot of smoke in the area.

Although there is no immediate danger people need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

Authorities advised people driving through the area to be extremely careful, turn headlights on, drive slowly and watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

Traffic management is in place near the park’s main entry and motorists are advised to avoid the area. 

People who have a respiratory condition and have been affected by smoke should contact a doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A crash was also reported near the Yanchep bushfire about 10.18am.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au .

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