Bushfire warning for Two Rocks

A bushfire burnt through about 70ha between Yanchep and Two Rocks on Thursday. Picture: Outback Bob Photography
A bushfire burnt through about 70ha between Yanchep and Two Rocks on Thursday. Picture: Outback Bob Photography

RESIDENTS in Two Rocks are being told to leave or prepare to actively defend their properties.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued ‘watch and act’ advice for the townsite, Breakwater and Seatrees estates.

“There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing,” DFES said.

“The bushfire is moving in a north easterly direction towards the Breakwater and Sea Trees Estate and the Two Rocks townsite.”

The cause is unknown and authorities say the fire is out of control and unpredictable, with embers likely to be blown around houses and spot fires starting ahead of it.

“There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible,” DFES said.

Firefighters and aerial support are protecting houses and working to contain the fire.

For updates, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa or listen to ABC local radio, 6PR.

UPDATE: DFES downgraded the warning to ‘advice’ after containing the fire on Thursday afternoon. It had burnt through about 70ha by Friday morning.

About 80 career and volunteer firefighters, as well as Department of Parks and Wildlife staff and aerial support attended the fire.