Bushfire emergency warning issued for Bullsbrook

The bushfire burnt about 83ha in Walyunga National Park. Picture: Martin Kennealey
The bushfire burnt about 83ha in Walyunga National Park. Picture: Martin Kennealey

UPDATE, March 5, 10.25pm: DFES has downgraded the Bullsbrook bushfire alert to ‘watch and act’ as the fire is contained. 

The fire has burnt through 94ha since it was reported on Monday afternoon and the cause is being investigated. 

Residents no longer require restricted access permits to access their properties, but DFES asked motorists to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

About 100 firefighters are on the scene overnight actively patrolling the eastern side of the Avon River in Walyunga National Park and in Shady Hills Estate providing asset protection.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au for updates. 

Up to 170 firefighters attended the Bullsbrook fire. Picture: Martin Kennealey

UPDATE, 6.11pm: DFES has advised people in the Bullsbrook bushfire emergency warning area to seek alternative accommodation overnight due to expected unpredictable severe fire weather.

MORE, March 5: Perth bushfire threatens lives and homes

The emergency warning has been issued for people the vicinity of Shady Hills estate south of Smith Road in Bullsbrook, the vicinity of Ewing Road and O’Brien Road in south west Gidgegannup and the Walyunga National Park.

DFES advised people in the area are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. 

There is a threat to lives and homes are under threat in Shady Hills estate.

The fire, which started near the intersection of Taylor Road and Jilcrai Road in Bullsbrook, has burnt about 82ha and the cause is unknown.

Due to the changing conditions and inaccessible terrain, firefighters will have difficulty fighting the fire overnight.

Winds in the area are expected to reach 80km/h which can cause embers to travel well ahead of the fire front.

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

The safest route out of the area is in a south westerly direction towards the Great Northern Highway.

Bullsbrook bushfire emergency.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Walyunga National Park is now closed.

Firefighters are on the scene and are actively fighting the fire, including Career Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters are attending.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au . 

UPDATE, 4.22pm: THE Department for Communites has set up a temporary evacuation centre at Altone Park,  332 Benara Road, Beechboro.

Horses can be taken to the State Equestrian Centre Pony Club. Please contact the caretaker on 0437 650 423 for further information.

EARLIER: FIREFIGHTERS have been called to several bush fires across Perth today, with emergency warnings issued for Bullsbrook and Edgewater. 

The Bullsbrook emergency warning was issued about 2.50pm for Shady Hills estate in the City of Swan after the fire was reported about 1.18pm on March 4. 

The Department of Fire and Emergency Service advised there was a threat to lives and homes in the estate.

There is also an ‘watch and act’ alert for Great Northern Highway, Chittering and Walyunga National Park. 

There is a possible threat to lives and homes for people near Ewing Road and Clinton Road and the eastern side of the Avon River and railway line in Walyunga National Park.

Bullsbrook bushfire warning.

DFES issued a storm alert for Perth and the South West about 3.25pm for bad weather tonight, including gusty easterly winds.

Locations which may be affected include Dwellingup, Ellenbrook, Gingin, Kalamunda, Midland and Mundaring.

DFES has also downgraded an emergency warning to ‘watch and act’ for a fire reported in Edgewater about 1.38pm. 

The alert applies to  people in the vicinity of Birdland Court, Garrong Close and Apalie Trail in the City of Joondalup. 

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

The fire started near the intersection of Ocean Reef Road and Edgewater Drive. 

Edgewater Drive from Joondalup Drive to Trappers Drive has been closed and motorists were advised to avoid the area. 

There have also been fires reported in Southern River about 2am, Piesse Brook in the City of Kalamunda about 6.30am, Wellard about 10.20am and Greenfields about 10.30am this Labour Day public holiday. 

Visit emergency.wa.gov.au for updates.