Wildfires – Australia
Two bushfires across Western Australia are continuing to test the mettle of the state’s firefighters and volunteers.
Bushland is burning in Waroona in Perth’s south. Twenty volunteer firefighters are pitched against the blaze near Lyons road in Waroona. It is moving north at 300 metres an hour. While the fire is moving away from the township and not threatening homes, some roads are closed in the area and drivers have been advised to avoid the area or reduce speed and drive carefully.
In the state’s northwest a deliberately lit fire at a rubbish tip in Gap Ridge, near Karratha, was burning out of control overnight. Thirty Fire and Rescue volunteers were on the scene between Exploration Drive and Madigan Road fighting the outbreak that was slowly moving east. There is no threat to homes or lives overnight but residents are advised to stay alert, keep headlights on and be careful when driving through the area.
Meanwhile firefighters north of Perth continue to mop up a blaze which has burned more than 1300 hectares in the Pinjar pine plantation in the city of Wanneroo.