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Residents urged to flee fast-moving Yeal bushfire

The two Hercules C130 heavy water bombers stationed in WA have been deployed to a fast-moving bushfire that became out of control this afternoon, about 50km north of Perth.

A watch and act alert for parts of the Yeal Nature Reserve and Yanchep Pine Plantation, about 30km west of the Royal Australia Air Force’s Gingin airbase, was issued by Parks and Wildlife Services just before 3pm on Thursday.

The out of control fire has burnt through more 100 hectares of land and is moving in a south westerly direction.

Residents have been urged to flee the area.

Camera IconOne of six aerial water bombers. Credit: 7NEWS/supplied

More than 100 firefighters are on the ground, battling to bring flames under control in 19km/h westernly winds and near 40C heat.

They are being supported by six aerial water bombers, including the Hercules C130, and two Helitack helicopters.

Firefighters are bracing for scorchingly hot, dry and windy conditions over the next two days.

The dangerous weather prediction has the potential to rapidly escalate the Red Gully blaze, which is burning within containment lines today for the first time since it ignited on Saturday morning.

Firefighters are bravely battling the Red Gully bushfire, which has been burning since Saturday.
Camera IconFirefighters are bravely battling the Red Gully bushfire, which has been burning since Saturday. Credit: DFES/supplied

About 200 firefighters are at the scene tackling the fire that has since through 9500ha of bushland.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ Incident Controller Sven Andersen gave resident of Ocean Farms and Seaview Park estates, who have had to evacuate their homes, some indication they could be allowed to briefly return to collect belongings.

“Tomorrow, we are planning on an access system where people can go in and then come back out again,” he said.

“We are still under an emergency warning at the moment, due to the fact that if that fire breaks out it’s only an hour away from those estates,”

“I expect that tomorrow we will have a lot better idea if we can hold this fire where it is … during the high threat period.”

Smoke fills the air around the Red Gully bushfire.
Camera IconSmoke fills the air around the Red Gully bushfire. Credit: DFES/supplied

Premier Mark McGowan today pledged a $38.4 million firefighting package ahead of the State election.

If re-elected for a second term, a Labor Government has pledged to employ 36 new career firefighters and spend $14.5 million on a new station in the “Byford area” to cover the city’s south east corridor.

Red Gully Fire — Emergency Bushfire warning

A bushfire emergency warning is in place for people in an area east of Indian Ocean Drive, south of Meadows Road, Mimegarra Road and Nammegarra Road, west of Regans Ford, north of Orange Springs Road, Sappers Road and K.W. Road, including Nilgen (Ocean Farms Estate) and Karakin (Seaview Park), in the shires of Gingin and Dandaragan.

You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.

Residents of Ocean Farms Estate and Seaview Park are unable to return home currently as the weather forecast is predicting very hot, dry and windy conditions over the next two days have the potential to rapidly escalate fire behaviour.

Firefighters are strengthening containment lines.

There is a threat to lives and homes.

Wedge Island and Lancelin — Watch and Act warning

A bushfire Watch and Act is in place for people in or near the Wedge Island community or in the areas south of Wedge Island Road, west of Indian Ocean Drive, south of K.W. Road and Sappers Road, west of Cowalla and north of Nabaroo and Bennies Road in the shires of Gingin and Dandaragan.

If you are currently camping in the area of Wedge Island or nearby coastal areas, it is time to leave and relocate to a safer place by heading north along Indian Ocean Drive.

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave the area, leave now if the way is clear by heading along Indian Ocean Drive. If you are north of Nilgen Nature Reserve, leave in a northerly direction. If you are south of Nilgen Nature Reserve, leave in a southerly direction.

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.

At all times close all doors and windows 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.

Yeal bushfire — Watch and Act warning

A bushfire Watch and Act warning is in place for people in the vicinity of Indian Ocean Drive, Yanchep Pine Plantation and Yeal Nature Reserve in Shire of Gingin.

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

It is burning in a south-westerly direction.

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now 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.

At all times close all doors and windows 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.

National and regional park closures — Perth Metropolitan area

National and regional parks surrounding Perth have been closed as a precautionary measure as a severe heatwave sets in across Perth.

Hot and windy conditions experienced over the past few days are set to continue with severe to extreme fire danger ratings being maintained across much of WA over the next few days.

Serpentine National, Wungong National, Mundy Regional, John Forrest National, Walyunga National and the Avon Valley National parks have been closed.

Walk trails within the Yanchep National Park have also been shut to the public.

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