Emergency bushfire warning downgraded for Furnissdale
A bushfire near Mandurah, south of Perth, caused havoc for residents and at least 85 fire and rescue crews this afternoon.
The out-of-control blaze started at 1pm near the intersection of Goodooda Road and Jannali Road in Furnissdale and burnt through at least 21ha.
Spot fires began burning 50 metres ahead of the main blaze, which was travelling slowly in a south-westerly direction by 4.30pm.
Authorities had placed an emergency warning on people along Furnissdale Road, Riverside Drive and Ronlyn Road in the southern part of the suburb.
“If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place. Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly,” the Department of Fire and Emergency Service warned.
“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes.”
Residents left in the area have been advised to shelter in their homes.
“Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible,” the Department warned.
“Go to a room in your home away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape. Choose a room with two exits and water such as a kitchen or laundry.”
The fire was managed by the Shire of Murray.
Meanwhile east of Perth, a watch and act alert was put in place for a separate blaze in Ellenbrook, Lexia and Whiteman in the City of Swan, which was downgraded to an advice as the situation was contained and controlled by about 4pm.