Crews are battling a major bushfire in Perth’s outer north after making vital inroads into a blaze that had threatened lives and homes in the city’s south.
The ongoing emergency was sparked when a fast-moving fire broke out at a pine plantation in Mariginiup just after 1pm on Wednesday, with residents now fearing their homes have been swallowed up by flames.
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The danger zone identified by authorities is bounded by Coogee Rd, Joondalup Dr, Pinjar Rd, Caporn St, Garden Park Dr, Dundebar Rd, Trichet Rd, Hawkins Rd, Ross St, Warbrook Rd, Silver Rd, Townsend Rd and Rousset Rd in parts of Banksia Grove, Jandabup, Mariginup, Melaleuca and Wanneroo.
“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes,” authorities said.
Vision captured by 7NEWS from the sky showed a towering wall of fire and black smoke tearing towards hobby farms.
Vision captured by 7NEWS from the sky showed towering walls of fire and black smoke tearing towards hobby farms. Credit: 7NEWS
It came after two schools were evacuated and a stretch of the busy Kwinana Fwy was closed in both directions after a fire took hold in Aubin Grove just before 11.30am.
An emergency warning that told locals they needed to “act immediately to survive” has now been downgraded to a watch and act.
While it was a positive development, authorities say the “threat to lives and homes” remains.
The watch and act is in place for people bounded by Botany Park, the Kwinana Fwy, Frankland Park and Canary Dr in Aubin Grove, Hammond Park and Wattleup.
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The advice for those in the danger zone is to leave for a safer place “if the way is clear”.
If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.Keep doors and windows closed and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.A bushfire threatened lives and homes in Aubin Grove, in Perth’s south. Credit: 7NEWSA bicycle was no match for Wednesday’s fire. Credit: 7NEWSHammond Park Secondary College has been evacuated because of a dangerous fire. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS
Students at Hammond Park Secondary College and Hammond Park Catholic Primary were evacuated as the fire closed in.
The emergency also closed the freeway in both directions between Russell Rd and Rowley Rd but it has since reopened.
Firefighters on the ground are being supported by crews in the air.
The fire has so far burned through more than 13 hectares of bush.
The emergencies come amid a forecast week-long heatwave in Perth, with the city set to record a top of 39C on Wednesday.
Perth surged to 37.1C at 4pm (WST).
Authorities issued a severe heatwave warning, with 40C forecast for Thursday and 38C to round out the week.
As a precaution, trains will drop speed as soon as it hits 37C, and walk trails at national parks have been closed.
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