Residents have been told it is too late to leave their homes as an out-of-control bushfire bears down on homes in Wooroloo, with at least one property already feared lost.
An emergency warning has been issued for people in the area bounded by Burma Road and Bailup Road to the north, Toodyay Road and Mayo Road to the west, Needham Road and Linley Valley Road to the south and Werribee Road and McNamara Road to the east in parts of Wooroloo in the Shire of Mundaring.
For people east of Bailup Road, it is too late to leave and leaving now would be deadly.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services have advised them to shelter in their homes in a room away from the fire front and make sure they can easily escape.
It is believed at least one property has already gone up in flames. Aerial vision showed fire ripping through what appeared to be a home, as well as some sheds.
The fire is moving fast in a north westerly direction towards Toodyay Road.
It was reported at 12:02pm and is being managed by the Shire of Mundaring.
People West of Bailup Road who are not prepared or plan to leave have been told the way is clear by travelling north along Bailup Road or Mayo Road.
Motorists have been told to avoid the area and a number of roads have been closed, including: Government Road at Needham Road, Werribee Road at Cheddaring Road and Bailup Road and Burma Road.
Residents affected by the blaze have been told to:
- Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
- Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.
- If your home catches on fire and the conditions inside become unbearable, you need to get out and go to an area that has already been burnt.
- Protect yourself by wearing long sleeves and trousers, made from cotton or wool, and strong leather boots.
- If you are self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 – including all regions subject to lockdown restrictions leave now, find alternative suitable premises and wear a mask. If you are unable to return to your quarantine location within one hour, telephone WA Police on 131 444 to advise them you have had to leave due to an emergency.