Fires in Margaret River

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A BUSHFIRE is out of control and moving fast in Forest Grove in the Shire of Margaret River. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued a watch and act for people on or near Rocky Road, Rosa Glen Road, Warner Glen Road in Forest Grove.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes.

While there is no immediate danger, DFES is warning people in the area to stay up to date in case the situation changes.

The bushfire is moving fast, with 25 volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service firefighters actively fighting the fire and protecting assets.

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

Meanwhile, firefighters have contained a large bushfire which was threatening homes in the northern Perth suburb Hamersley and came dangerously close to Warwick shopping centre, about 20km north of the city.

The three-hectare fire has been burning since 11am but is no longer threatening homes, says the Department of Fire and Emergency Services although the fire is not under control and conditions might change.

A Watch and Act warning has been downgraded to a “bushfire advice’’ for the suburbs of Warwick and Hamersley in the City of Joondalup.

The fire started in the Warwick Open Space near the intersection of Beach Road and Erindale Road in Warwick.

Emergency services descended on the Warwick Shopping Centre car park to respond to the blaze.

People have been advised to be extremely careful if caught driving in the area and to close doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners at home but keep water running through the system if possible.

Police are controlling traffic through the area and St John Ambulance is on standby.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services had issued a Bushfire Watch and Act for southern part of Warwick and the northern part of Hamersley, saying there was a threat to lives and homes in the area.

About 40 firefighters are battling the blaze and numerous fire appliances, both in the air and on the ground, are fighting the fire.

A DFES spokeswoman said the fire had ripped through up to 3ha of bushland and was still burning fiercely.

Warwick Senior High School, which is close to the blaze, has ordered students to stay indoors, but the school has not been evacuated. The DFES spokeswoman said six light firefighting tankers and three heavy tankers were at the fire.

The fire is believed to have started just after 11am with firefighters battling high temperatures. By midday the mercury had reached 34C, on the way to an expected top of 37C.

Bushfires are also burning in Pickering Brook, Dwellingup, Quedjinup, near Yallingup, and Parkerville.

‘CATASTROPHIC’ FIRE CONDITIONS TUESDAY

DFES firefighters and volunteers across the state are preparing for catastrophic fire conditions predicted for the Midwest Gascoyne, Great Southern and Goldfields Midlands on Tuesday and Wednesday.

ATCH AND ACT ALERT

Department of Fire and Emergency Services have issued a Bushfire Watch and Act for southern part of Warwick and the northern part of Hamersley, saying there is a threat to lives and homes in the area.

The alert covers people in an area bound by Glendale Road and Dugdale Street to the west, Ellersdale Street to the north, Lloyd Drive to the east and Ardleigh Crescent between Glendale Avenue and Rannoch Circle in the south..

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

You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

The fire started in the Warwick Open Space near the intersection of Beach Road and Erindale Road in Warwick.

WHAT TO DO

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

DANGEROUS FIRE CONDITIONS

Fire authorities warned of an elevated fire risk in parts of the state with hot and windy conditions predicted in the coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology said a trough will move slowly eastwards during Tuesday, leading to strong, gusty northerly winds.

Those winds will drag very hot and dry air into the area, and this combination of low

humidity, very high temperatures and strong winds will lead to the significantly elevated fire danger Tuesday afternoon.

And while the temperature in Perth will drop to about 32C on Tuesday, before a cool change hits on Wednesday with a top of just 19C and a possible storm; temperatures are likely to soar into the 40s in parts of the Gascoyne, Central Wheatbelt, Great Southern, South Coastal, South East Coastal and Goldfields districts.

The forecast has prompted concern from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

DFES Acting Assistant Commissioner Murray Bawden said the predicted weather conditions would make it extremely hard for firefighters to bring bushfires under control.

“Tuesday is predicted to bring a dangerous combination of 40km/h strong winds, temperatures in the high 30s, and possible dry lightning,” Mr Bawden said.

“These are extremely bad conditions for a fire, and DFES is getting ready by putting preformed incident management teams and strike forces on standby.

“Tuesday also coincides with the anniversary of the 2015 Esperance fires, with it being a stark reminder of the heartbreaking destruction bushfires can cause.”

Mr Bawden said DFES was getting ready for the bad fire weather, however everyone needs to play their part.

“This weekend sit down with your family and have a chat about what you will do if a bushfire occurs, and make sure you have an emergency kit ready to go,” he said.

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