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Hopeland blaze downgraded for homes in Perth’s south

UPDATED: The blaze burning across several southern Perth suburbs has been downgraded after crews managed to contain the fire.

With conditions changing there is still a possible threat to lives and homes for people in parts of Mundijong, Hopeland, Oldbury, Mardella, Baldivis and Serpentine.

Those north of Rowe Road, east of Casuarina Road, south of Mundijong Road and west of Kargotich Road were told to remain vigilant.

Those not prepared or with a plan to leave were told to leave if the way is clear.

People well prepared and planning to actively defend their home were urged to make final preparations.

WHAT TO DO:

  • If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.
  • At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

A smoke warning remained in place for the Perth metropolitan area.

The started near Rowe Road in Hopeland about 2.20pm and took more than 100 firefighters to control.

Initially an emergency warning was issued for people in parts of Mundijong, Hopeland, Oldbury, Mardella, Baldivis and Serpentine who were told their lives were at risk.

The out-of-control blaze was burning in a north-easterly direction into the evening before being downgraded just before 9.30pm, with spot fires leaping up to 130m ahead of the fire front.

A temporary evacuation centre was set up at Serpentine-Jarrahdale Recreation Centre in Byford for those who had fled.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Incident controller Peter Sutton said the blaze had threatened homes.

“We actually are already having properties impacted in some parts of the fire. People are actively defending their property,” he told ABC radio yesterday.

“We’re doing the best we can to try to stop this fire with a number of aircraft in the air. It is quite a significant incident and it will go over a few days.”

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