Perth Bushfires Claim At Least 10 Homes As Blazes Continue To Rage
At least 10 homes and four structures in metropolitan Perth have been destroyed in the out-of-control bushfires that continue to rage.
Residents are being urged to “switch off” and disconnect any unnecessary appliances to save power, as electricity supplies are also being affected in the city’s north.
Stay up-to-date on the latest news with The National Briefing – keeping you in the loop with news as it hits:
Power has been lost to over 500 homes and businesses, with it estimated over 100 power poles have been damaged.
Western Power has advised people to stay away from damaged infrastructure and treat everything as if it was live.
The affected suburbs include Jandabup, Mariginiup, Melaleuca and Wanneroo.
Stay up-to-date on the latest news with The Western Australia Briefing – keeping you in the loop with news as it hits:
Overnight, over 150 firefighters fought to save the homes left behind by evacuated families on Wednesday night.
Teams continue to access damage properties to inform those who have left, with fears more destroyed homes could be found.
Emergency services minister, Stephen Dawson, said a huge amount of firefighting resources, including water bombers, were being used to battle the blaze.
“This is a significant fire … this will be a long-running incident and could take some time before the fire is brought under control given the situation, we find ourselves in terms of the wind and high temperatures,” he said.
On Thursday, the forecast peaked at 39C, with it set to fall to 35C on Friday and Saturday, before climbing back to 37C on Sunday.
Subscribe to The Briefing, Australia’s fastest-growing news podcast on Listnr today. The Briefing serves up the latest news headlines and a deep dive into a topic affecting you. All in under 20 minutes.