Scrub fire at Belmont racecourse

Photo: Andrew McGlashan/Twitter
Photo: Andrew McGlashan/Twitter

A SCRUB fire is burning on the northern side of Belmont Racecourse.

Although there is believed to be no threat to lives or homes, the blaze sent a thick plume of black smoke into the sky.

A bushfire advice has been issued for parts of Mount Lawley, Highgate and Burswood.

The advice has been issued for people in an area bounded by East Parade to the west, Guildford Road to the north, Peninsula Road and Swanbank Road to the east and Graham Farmer Freeway to the south, including Belmont Park.

Photo: Peter Law/Twitter

The fire started near the intersection of Victoria Park Dr and Saintly Ent in Burswood and was reported at 11.52am.

The bushfire contained but not controlled and is moving in a north easterly direction.

With plenty of people on their way to Optus Stadium for day two of the first Test between Australia and New Zealand, there were plenty of pictures of the smoke circulating on social media.

The fire is another headache for DFES, with blazes in Roleystone and Two Rocks prompting emergency warnings.

Photo: Daniel Leach/Twitter

WHAT TO DO:

Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.

Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.

Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.

Read through your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.

If driving

Be extremely careful when driving through the area.

Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.

Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.

If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.

If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.