‘Out of control’ fire threatens homes

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 14 Desember 2014 | 23.08

Lives and homes could be in danger from an out-of-control bushfire burning at a park in Perth's north-east.

A bushfire sends a massive plume of smoke into the sky from Whiteman Park. Picture: Stewart Allen Source: News Corp Australia

RESIDENTS in the northeast suburbs of Brabham and Henley Brook have been warned to either leave or actively defend their homes as fire threatens houses.

About 100 firefighters are battling the blaze and water bombers have been called in to fight it from the air.

The fire is now "out of control and unpredictable" and moving slowly in a north-easterly direction.

A bushfire Emegency Warning has been issued for people in the parts of Brabham and Henley Brook bounded by Lord Street, Henley Street, Murray Street and Woollcott Street, in the City of Swan.

Fire zone

"The bushfire is moving fast in a north easterly direction. It is out of control and unpredictable,'' DFES warns.

"Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.

"You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.

"The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as ember attack is now affecting the suburbs.

"Homes bordering Whiteman Park are under threat by fire now.

"The fire started in Whiteman Park and is burning on both sides of Lord Street, near homes in Brabham.''

The Deparment for Child Protection and Family Support has also set up an evacuation centre at the Altone Park Recreation Centre, on Benara Road in Beechboro.

The cause of the blaze is unknown but there are unconfirmed reports the Police Arson squad has been called into investigate.

A bushfire sends a massive plume of smoke into the sky from Whiteman Park. Picture: Stewart Allen Source: News Corp Australia

The fire was reported about 1.10pm.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a Watch and Act alert for the people inb Brabham in the City of Swan.

"The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire in Whiteman Park is burning towards homes in the area,'' DFES warned.

"This alert covers an area bounded by Lord Street, Park Street, Murray Road and Woollcott Avenue.

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

"You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

"The fire started in Whiteman Park and is burning on both sides of Lord Street, close to homes near and between Charlton Way and Park Street, in Brabham.''

BALCATTA, SOUTHERN RIVER FIRES

In a shocking day for Perth firefighters, they were also called to deal with two other serious fires, one in Southern River, the other in Balcatta.

A structure and rubbish fire in Balcatta in now contained and under control, however smoke will be affecting the area for the rest of the evening.

The fire is burning at the Balcatta Recycling Centre on Balcatta Road, and has been contained to a rubbish pile.

The smoke plume is being blown north.

A bushfire advice has been issued for people in Homles Street, between Harpenden and Balfour Streets, in Southern River, in the City of Gosnells.

There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.

There is no immediate danger, but people need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The fire is burning on the southern side of Holmes Street and is burning in a northern direction.

HENLEY BROOK BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving slowly in a north easterly direction.

It is out of control and unpredictable. Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. Spot fires are starting ahead of the fire.

WHAT TO DO:

If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place.

Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly.

There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

If your plan is to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.

If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home and actively defend it.

If you are not at home, it is too dangerous now to return.

SAFER PLACE:

Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.

The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has also set up a temporary evacuation centre at (place). If you have animals you can relocate to (place).

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people in parts of Henley Brook bounded by Lord Street, Gnangara Road, Robert Street and Henley Street in the City of Swan.

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

You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

WHAT TO DO:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including:

Lord Street between Park Street and Harrow Street.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Approximately 100 career and volunteer firefighters are on the scene actively fighting the fire.

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio, 6PR or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every hour unless the situation changes.

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