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Red Gully fire: Emergency bushfire warning remains in Shire of Gingin as fire burns through 9000 hectares

A massive out of control and unpredictable bushfire that is threatening lives and homes north of Perth has burnt through more than 9000 hectares of land.

More than 200 volunteer and career firefighters are battling the blaze which ignited on Saturday morning in Red Gully in the Shire of Gingin.

The blaze is moving fast, propelled by a easterly winds blowing between 20 and 30km/h, in a westerly direction towards homes and properties inside the Ocean Farms Estate.

Residents have been told their homes will be impacted “imminently”.

“If safe to do so, leave in a southerly direction along Indian Ocean Drive,” The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said in an emergency bushfire alert.

“Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly. If you cannot leave, you need to get ready to shelter in your home.

“Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape.”

The emergency warning area.
Camera IconThe emergency warning area. Credit: DFES

Spot fires are starting from embers being blown up to 200 metres ahead of the fire front.

The area is set to face persistent easterly winds and maximum temperatures hovering in the high 30s and low 40s throughout the week.

Water bombers were stood down on Tuesday and set for redeployment at first light on Wednesday.

On Tuesday morning Premier Mark McGowan announced the State had secured a second large aerial tanker to assist ground crews battling the blaze, revealing the aircraft would be flying in from Victoria.

“She’ll be commissioned to work on that fire so we will have two large aerial tankers that are working on that fire,” he said.

The bushfire at Red Gully.
Camera IconThe bushfire at Red Gully. Credit: Evan Collis / DFES

Campers still remaining in the Wedge Island mainland area — under a watch and act alert — are being urged by DFES to leave before it is too late.

Mainland Wedge Island is at high risk of fire threat as firefighters are unable to enter the perimeter due to unexploded ordinances from the old Lancelin bombing range that surround the settlement.

A community meeting was held at Guilderton Country Club with DFES saying the land is too dangerous for anyone to enter as the subsurface bombs are too high risk.

An evacuation centre has been set up at the site.

No homes have been destroyed by the blazes yet.

Firefighters have been tackling the blaze since Saturday.
Camera IconFirefighters have been tackling the blaze since Saturday. Credit: DFES/DFES

Firefighters have been on the back foot since Saturday, task with tackling several emergency-level fires in tinderbox conditions across the State.

One home was destroy and six damaged in an east Gosnells fire which burnt 5.6ha of land.

The fire was extinguished on Monday after igniting on Sunday afternoon near Connell Avenue.

Simultaneously in Kwinana, more than 100 fireys managed to bring a bushfire, which started at a waste transfer facility, under control.

The fire came within meters of Kleenheat’s gas production facility and surrounded the Perth Motorplex.

The Red Gully fire has burnt through 9000 hectares.
Camera IconThe Red Gully fire has burnt through 9000 hectares. Credit: DFES / Nikki Woods/DFES / Nikki Woods

Late on Tuesday afternoon, with in minutes of each other, DFES issued an emergency warning for two out of control fires in the Shire of Mundaring and the Geraldton suburb of Wonthella.

Residents near both blazes were told to immediately evacuate their homes.

People living between Central Road and Flores Road in Wonthella were told it was too late to leave and they should find shelter in their homes.

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