Three major bushfires burn in WA

Three major bushfires burn in WA

4 January 2010

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Australia — Residents in parts of two suburbs on Perth’s northeastern outskirts have been warned to leave their homes as a large bushfire rages nearby.

An emergency warning urging residents to move to their safer place has been issued for residents in the northwest of Caversham and the northeast of neighbouring Beechboro by the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) late on Monday afternoon (local time).

“Homes in Beechboro between Alttone Road, Marshall Road, Reid Highway and the Bennett Brook and homes in Caversham between Benara Road, Reid Highway, Bennett Street and Lord Street will be impacted by fire,” the warning said.

“This emergency warning means that if you are in this area your best option for survival is away from the fire. If the way is clear leave for your safer place now and take your survival kit with you. Relocating at the last minute is deadly.”

The bushfire is moving fast to the northwest and is out of control, FESA said.

Ember attack and spot fires are likely.

Four helitacs water-bombing aircraft are supporting fire crews on the ground.

Meanwhile, The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has issued a watch and act message for people living on Orange Springs Road at Beermullah, 100km north of Perth, where a fire is burning out of control in banksia woodland in the Moore River National Park.

The fire has burnt out about 300 hectares since fire authorities were alerted at about 3.45pm (WST) on Monday.

DEC firefighters and volunteers from the Gingin brigade are on the scene, with four fire-bombing aircraft attacking the blaze.

Also in Perth’s northeast, residents of Brigadoon have been warned not to ride horses or bikes near a separate blaze that had been threatening homes on Sunday.

People had been allowed to return home after the fires burnt through about 240 hectares of bushland, destroying some sheds, fencing and out-buildings.

They have been told to remain alert and ready to flee, as there are still active pockets of fires that are out of control.

About 60 firefighters are still battling the blaze, which started on Sunday afternoon in Millendon, near Range Road.

Three firefighters have suffered smoke inhalation and one treated for a knee injury.

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