Fire threat eases north of Perth

The bushfire has been contained. Pictures: DFES
The bushfire has been contained. Pictures: DFES

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTERS have managed to contain a Perth bushfire which has been raging for almost a week.

The alert level for the massive blaze has been downgraded with firefighters on the scene, consolidating and strengthening containment lines, checking roads and mopping up.

Firefighters battled heatwave conditions for much of the six-day fire, saving thousands of properties. One house and a Yanchep petrol station were destroyed, and about 13,000 hectares was burnt.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services says some residents are not yet able to return to their homes as emergency services personnel are still working in the area to make it safe.

Smouldering and unburnt pockets remain within the fireground, with an advice alert in place for people in Guilderton, Gabbadah, Eglinton, Sovereign Hill, Redfield Park, Yanchep, Two Rocks, Neergabby, Gabbadah, Caraban, Wilbinga, Woodridge, Seatrees and Breakwater Estates in the Shire of Gingin and the City of Wanneroo.

For up-to-the-minute information visit emergency.wa.gov.au. 

 

Firefighters have been battling for days to control the blaze. Picture: DFES incident photographer Evan Collis

Western Power said more than 150 power poles and 10 kilometres of powerlines have been wiped out, and more than 250 properties are without power.

The utility has sent more than 70 workers to reconstruct the network.

Evacuation centres remain open at Gumblossom Community Centre in Quinns Rocks and Granville Civic Centre in Gingin.

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

EVACUATION CENTRES

Gumblossom Community Centre, 17 Tapping Way, Quinns Rocks

Granville Civic Centre, Weld Street, Gingin

ROAD CLOSURES

Breakwater Drive between Oregano Drive and Indian Ocean Drive

Breakwater Drive past Mayflower Parade, only open to local traffic

Yanchep Beach Road between Parkland Road and Indian Ocean Drive

ROADS REOPENED

Brand Highway in both directions

Old Yanchep Road between Indian Ocean Drive and Cutler Road

Wanneroo Road north of Pipidinny Road

Indian Ocean Drive between Gingin Brook Road and Military Road

Indian Ocean Drive south of Military Road

SCHOOLS REOPENING ON TUESDAY

Two Rocks Primary School

Yanchep Lagoon Primary School

Yanchep Beach Primary School

Yanchep Secondary College

PARK CLOSURES

Yanchep National Park.

Wilbinga Conservation Park and adjacent State forest.

WHAT TO DO IN A BUSHFIRE EMERGENCY

If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.

Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.

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

If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.

Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.

Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.

If you are not at home, it’s too dangerous to return.

— For up-to-the minute information visit Emergency.wa.gov.au