Emergency warning for bushfire in Perth has been downgraded

The emergency warning for an out of control bushfire burning in Perth’s southeast has been downgraded to a “watch and act” as fire crews continue to battle bushfires in the area.

Although fires have been reduced there is still a possible threat to lives and homes in Wattle Grove, Orange Grove, Forrestfield and Kenwick in the Shire of Kalamunda, and City of Gosnells.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) advised residents they need to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice or be prepared to actively defend their properties.

The fire is moving in a northerly direction and is still out-of-control and unpredictable, the DFES said.

The fire started on Brentwood Road in Kenwick and quickly crossed Tonkin Highway. Fire crews were unable to save several structures in the area, along with a caravan and some outlying buildings.

Firefighters have called in air support as they fight the fast moving fire around Brentwood and Bickley roads. At least eight firetrucks are actively battling the blaze, as it moves further east.

Residents have been urged to look out for burning embers being carried by the wind which could cause spot fires around their homes.

An evacuation centre has been set up at the High Wycombe Recreation Centre on Newburn Road in High Wycombe.