#AceNewsReport – Feb.02: An emergency warning has been issued for parts of Wooroloo, with people near Tonkin Highway, Chittering Road, Berry Road, Lillydale Road, Liberton Road, Millhouse Road, Toodyay Road, Burma Road, Bailup Road, William Street and Werribee Road most at risk.
‘Out of control Wooroloo bushfire sparks emergency warning for residents to take immediate action after at least three houses lost’
ABC News: updated 19m ago
The emergency warning was extended to include areas west of Great Northern Highway and now also includes areas of The Vines, Bailup, Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup, Wundowie, Millendon, Walyunga National Park, Upper Swan, Aveley, Lower Chittering, Avon Valley National Park, Red Hill, Belhus, Baskerville, Herne Hill, Bullsbrook, Wooroloo and Brigadoon.
The rapidly moving fire was burning fast in a north-westerly direction and has jumped across Toodyay Road, with Walyunga National Park and homes in O’Brien Road under threat.
Those in O’Brien Road and east of Bailup Road were told it was too late to leave.
The fire has spread across parts of the shires of Mundaring, Chittering, Northam, and the City of Swan.
Authorities say lives are at risk and at 10pm (local time) Todd Bender from the DFES said firefighters were simply focussing on protecting properties.
“At the moment we’re focusing on protecting assets, we’re not even trying to put the thing out,” Mr Bender said.
His comments echoed earlier ones from assistant fire commissioner Craig Waters who said it was unlikely to be brought under control despite more than 500 firefighters battling the blaze.
“Not with the current weather conditions and the current fire behaviour,” he said.
People in the Shady Hills Estate area have been told to leave immediately if the way is clear.
The WA state emergency coordinator said it did not matter that this area was part of the COVID lockdown; if people were not safe they should leave their homes.
An evacuation centre has been set up at the Brown Park Recreation Complex on Amherst Road in Swan View.
House ablaze, structure razed
Aerial vision showed at least one house on fire in the area and at least one nearby structure — possibly a shed — razed.
Mr Waters said at least three homes had been destroyed, but the exact number would not be known until crews could properly assess the area.
Incident controller Murray McBride said three houses were believed to have been destroyed and one fire truck had been incinerated.
Two firefighters had suffered minor burns but were continuing to help fight the fire.
Mr McBride said the “dangerous” fire was being fanned by strong winds and had burnt through 1,700 hectares of land so far.
More than 90 fire trucks were battling the blaze and more crews were headed to the scene.
“It’s very difficult for the crews to control,” he said.
“This is a fast-moving fire. Don’t think you can stay home and defend this fire.”
He said spot fires were appearing about 500 metres in front of the main fire, making it very difficult for fire crews, who were expected to continue battling the fire all night.
However, he said they were being impeded by members of the public who were driving around the area to look at the fire.
“We’re getting reports of people just driving around the roads,” Mr McBride said.
“Please listen to our warnings.”
Several roads in the area have been closed, including:
- Toodyay Road between Bunning Road and Bailup Road
- Government Road from Linley Valley Road to Jason Street
- Werribee Road from Cheddaring Road to Linley Valley Road
- Bailup Road from Burma Road
Those unable to leave were advised to shelter at home in a room away from the fire front and make sure they could easily escape.
City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey told ABC Radio “a number” of properties had been lost at Gidgegannup and 120 local horses had been relocated to the State Equestrian Centre throughout the afternoon.
However, he said the centre was now under threat of fire, forcing the horses to be relocated to Middle Swan.
The fire was reported shortly after midday on Monday.
Perth experienced hot and windy conditions on Monday, with a forecast maximum of 38 degrees Celsius.
Authorities said Wooroloo Prison Farm was not under threat from the fire.
“There is no immediate threat to the facility and the fire is not burning towards the prison,” a Department of Justice spokesman said.
“The prison’s authorities have deployed two water tankers and staff volunteer firefighters to assist.
“The prison is closely monitoring the situation and liaising with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.”
Western Power said parts of Gidgegannup, Bailup and Wooroloo were without power because of the fire.
Two fires south of Perth
Meanwhile, alerts have been issued for separate blazes burning south of Perth, both of which are currently under control and contained.
A suspicious fire which started in Rockingham near the intersection of Victoria St and Lewington St is being mopped up by firefighters, although authorities have warned people in the area to stay alert.
Another fire, in Anketell, Oakford, Oldbury and Casuarina areas, continues to burn underground in peat material and DFES said firefighters had saved a number of houses and commercial premises.
The cause of that fire is also suspicious and it has so far burnt out 308 hectares.
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