Western Australian bushfire strikes in Bridgetown area

Western Australian bushfire strikes in Bridgetown area

17 January 2009

published by www.theaustralian.news.com.au

USA — Firefighters in Western Australia have told people in the state’s south-west to leave unless they want to stay and fight the wall of fire and smoke that’s moving their way.

They have contained a bushfire at Kings Park, just west of the Perth CBD, but more fires have broken out in the Bridgetown area.

The Department of Environment and Conservation says residents between The Peninsula and Bridgetown and north to Hester-Cascades Road who are not prepared for the fire must leave.

Those that stay have been told to prepare for the bushfire heading their way.

Authorities have warned motorists in the area to drive slowly with their headlights on and to look out for emergency services personnel and take their advice.

Meanwhile, a bushfire that started in the coastal town of Two Rocks north of Perth yesterday morning is still burning in the Yanchep National Park and Pinjar pine plantation, with fire crews continuing to establish containment lines to bring the fire under control.

An estimated 6000 hectares of bushland is gone and powerlines have been damaged, but at this stage there’s no threat to lives or homes.

The bushfire at Kings Park is now being held within containment lines and at this stage there is no threat to lives or homes, but authorities say people in the area should remain alert in case the situation changes.

On the other side of the continent, firefighters in NSW are having a busy weekend bringing 30 blazes under control and preparing for soaring temperatures next week.

The mercury’s expected to climb past 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of the state early in the week.

A fire near Londonderry, west of Sydney, and another which burnt close to a factory complex at Mount Ku-Ring-gai on Thursday were both contained yesterday.

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