Western Australia bushfire still blazing

Western Australia bushfire still blazing

Firefighters are still battling a bushfire that broke out in Guilderton, north of Perth yesterday and severe fire danger ratings are forecast for parts of Western Australia today.

The fire started in State forest, approximately 3km east of the townsite.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) says there is a possible threat to lives and homes.

Wanneroo Road and the Wilbinga Conservation Park are closed.

The fire was first reported at 1:20pm yesterday and has burnt approximately 900 hectares, with a 20 kilometre perimeter. The cause of the fire was a burnt out car.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is managing the fire, and are assisted by volunteer bushfire brigades, DFES and police.

Conditions are expected to be dry, hot and windy and residents are urged to have bushfire plans ready.

A bushfire watch and act status has been in place since last night for eastern parts of the area, and properties near the Moore River east of Guilderton in the shire of Gingin.

Severe fire danger ratings have been forecast today for inland parts of the Midwest Gascoyne.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Granville Civic Centre in Gingin.

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