A bushfire has threatened homes and forced the evacuation of a school in Perth’s north on day one of what is set to be a week-long period of scorching temperatures.
Staff and almost 1000 students at Bullsbrook College were pulled from classrooms as the fire, that was reported at 11.35am on Wednesday, closed in.
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One pupil told 7NEWS it was a “chaotic” period with “yelling and screaming”.
An emergency alert that warned locals they needed to “act immediately to survive” has been downgraded to a watch and act.
“The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire is contained,” authorities said.
“There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.”
Bullsbrook College students have been evacuated because of a fire emergency. Credit: 7NEWSBullsbrook College students have been evacuated because of a fire emergency. Credit: 7NEWS
The fire started near the intersection of Hurd Rd and Chittering Rd and has burnt through nine hectares.
Pictures from the 7NEWS chopper revealed thick smoke had clouded skies.
The temperature in the region surged beyond 35C, and Perth is bracing for more scorching weather as another heatwave intensifies across large parts of WA.
Perth is tipped to climb to 39C on Thursday and 41C on Friday and Saturday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Sunday is set to reach 39C, Monday 37C and Tuesday will hit a toasty 36C.
The Mid West is expected to bear the brunt of the sizzling weather, with Geraldton forecast to reach a maximum of 41C on Thursday and 42C and 43C on Friday and Saturday.
West Australians are bracing for more scorching weather. Credit: AAP
Eneabba will climb to 45C on Saturday, while further north, Gascoyne Junction is set to be hit with 47C on Saturday and 48C on Sunday.
A severe heatwave warning has been issued for coastal areas in the southern half of the state.
The baking weather comes hot on the heels of a record heatwave last week, in which parts of Perth climbed above 45C and Geraldton reached maximums over 46C on consecutive days.
– With AAP