The number of homes destroyed by a monster blaze burning north-east of Perth has risen to 86, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has confirmed.
“It shows how devastating this bushfire has been for the people involved,” Mr McGowan said.
He sent his thoughts to those who had lost homes and thanked the firefighters who continued to work on the ground in harsh conditions to control the fire.
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A second bushfire which started in Perth’s north-east late yesterday is being treated as suspicious.
There were fears overnight the fire, in Wilson Road in the eastern part of Bullsbrook, would merge with the nearby Wooroloo blaze.
Firefighters managed to contain and control the fire.
Anyone with information about the fire or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
However, the threat from the Wooroloo fire isn’t over, with emergency warnings still in place for a number of areas.
People in Gidgegannup, Shady Hills Estate and East Bullsbrook are being told they are “in the immediate danger area”, and “it is too late to leave”.
A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for parts of Aveley, Avon Valley National Park, Bailup, Belhus, Brigadoon, Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook, Gidgegannup, The Vines, Upper Swan and Walyunga National Park in the shire of Mundaring and The City Of Swan.
“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes,” Emergency WA said.
A full list can be found on the Emergency WA website or by calling call 13DFES (13 33 37).
Firefighters battled windy conditions overnight, with more than 10,500 hectares burnt.