A bushfire threatening lives and homes in rural communities in Perth’s south is likely to burn for days, fire authorities say.
- Fire authorities say the Mundijong bushfire could burn for days
- There is ‘significant’ fuel load in the area that hasn’t been burnt in some time
- A smoke alert has been issued for parts of the Perth metropolitan area
An emergency warning has been issued for people north of Rowe Road, east of Casuarina Road, south of Mundijong Road and west of Kargotich Road, about 60 kilometres south of Perth’s CBD.
The warning area covers several suburbs including Mundijong, Hopeland, Oldbury, Mardella, Baldivis and Serpentine.
The fire is out of control and unpredictable and is moving in a north-easterly direction.
It started in dense growth in the Lowlands Nature Reserve just after 2:00pm and is being driven by strong south-westerly winds.
Spot fires are starting up to 130 metres ahead of the fire while 50 hectares of bush has been burnt.
The fire is also pushing smoke across parts of the Perth metropolitan area and a smoke alert has been issued for the city.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services incident controller Peter Sutton said there was significant fuel load in the area that hadn’t been burnt in some time.
“It is quite a significant incident and it will go over a few days,” he said.
“So we just ask people to be vigilant, particularly overnight, where the conditions may seem to ease, but we could still have significant fire spread overnight.”
Superintendent Sutton says large air tankers and helicopters are being used and 150 firefighters are on the ground.
“We actually are already having properties impacted in some roads of the fire, so people are actively defending their property,” he said.
“We also have crews doing asset protection and additional crews are coming to assist with that.”
A temporary evacuation centre has been established at the Serpentine-Jarrahdale Recreation Centre on Meade Street in Byford.
It is not known at this stage how the fire began.
A watch and act alert is current for people in an area north of Mundijong Road, west of Hopkinson Road, south of Gossage Road and east of King Road, and another area south of Rowe Road, west of Wright Road and Richardson Road and north of Karnup Road.
Several local roads have been closed.