Chittering fire: Watch and Act alert issued as firefighters battle paddock blaze

Daryna ZadvirnaThe West Australian
VideoBushfire threatens homes in Chittering

A bushfire alert for Chittering has been downgraded after the blaze intensity diminished.

What had been a ‘watch and act’ alert earlier in the day, was changed to ‘bushfire advice’ just after 7pm.

The blaze broke out just after noon near the intersection of Chittering Road and Chittering Valley Road about 60km north-east of Perth.

The blaze broke out just after noon near the intersection of Chittering Road and Chittering Valley Road about 60km north-east of Perth.

At 1.30pm the fire warning level was upgraded to a Watch and Act.

The alert applied to people in an area bounded by Santa Gertrudis to the west, Maryville Heights to the north, Julimar Road to the east and Morley Road to the south.

“There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing,” the alert stated.

The bushfire was moving fast in a westerly direction but is now stationary.

A map of the fire area.
Camera IconA map of the fire area. Credit: DFES

Several local crews were at the scene attempting to contain the fire, which is swiftly spreading, while an airwing support crew attended.

DFES advised Chittering residents to shut all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.

Those in the effected area are also urged to read their bushfire survival plan, and decide what to do if the situation gets worse.

You can make a plan by visiting My Bushfire Plan.

Drivers are also advised to be extremely careful, turn on headlights and drive slowly if in the area.

For more information visit: https://www.emergency.wa.gov.au/

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