Oakford bushfire: Emergency warning in place for out-of-control blaze

Andi Yu and staff reportersThe West Australian
A fire near Thomas Road rages close to homes.
Camera IconA fire near Thomas Road rages close to homes. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The Sunday Times

Fire crews who have worked through the night are continuing to battle an out-of-control blaze in Perth’s southern suburbs.

A bushfire emergency warning remains in place for residents in Oakford, Casuarina, Wandi, Wellard, Anketell, and Oldbury in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and City of Kwinana.

While the fire is now stationary people have been told to evacuate as it remains unpredictable.

“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive,” the Emergency WA warning said.

“There is a threat to lives and homes.”

Residents have been told not to “wait and see”, and if the passage is clear to leave immediately for a safer place.

Smoke engulfs the Kwinana Freeway overnight.
Camera IconSmoke engulfs the Kwinana Freeway overnight. Credit: 7NEWS

“If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.”

They were advised to shelter at home in a room with an escape passage and water such as a laundry or a bathroom, facing away from the fire front.

A “Watch and Act” alert has also been issued for Parmelia, The Spectacles, Orelia, Postans, and Bertram with residents told to stay alert to a possible threat to lives and homes as conditions are constantly changing.

The fire tore through bushland on Thomas Road yesterday.
Camera IconThe fire tore through bushland on Thomas Road yesterday. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The Sunday Times

Evacuation centres originally set up at Serpentine-Jarrahdale Recreation Centre, and Kwinana Recquatic are now closed.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA said about 150 fire crew were on the scene strengthening containment lines.

Several roads have been closed including the Kwinana Freeway in northbound and southbound directions, and Anketell road and Thomas road.

A house on Thomas Road goes up in flames.
Camera IconA house on Thomas Road goes up in flames. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The Sunday Times

At least one home has been destroyed in the blaze. Despite urgent efforts from water bombers, a fibro home on Thomas Street near Marri Park Drive was quickly engulfed without mercy.

It isn’t clear whether the home was occupied but it is confirmed nobody was inside as the flames took hold.

Helitacs at the scene yesterday.
Camera IconHelitacs at the scene yesterday. Credit: Andrew Kilburn

Other residents in parts of Calista, Medina, Naval Base, Postans, Kwinana Beach and Hope Valley were issued with an “advice” warning, meaning there was no immediate danger but people should stay up-to-date.

The fire started near Modong Nature Reserve in Oakford.

Meanwhile, there is a total fire ban for the Midwest Gascoyne region including the Chapman Valley, Greater Geraldton and Northampton.

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