Baldivis Australia bushfire: Kwinana Freeway closed as Baldivis bushfire prompts emergency warning south of Perth
A bushfire emergency warning has been declared for an out-of-control blaze that has closed the Kwinana Freeway in Perth’s southern suburbs.
- The fire started near the intersection of Safety Bay Road about 9:30 am
- The Kwinana Freeway has been closed to traffic in both directions
- Residents are being advised to leave if the way is clear, or prepare to actively defend their homes
Authorities have warned people in the area are in danger from the Baldivis fire and need to act immediately to survive, saying there is a threat to lives and homes.
The freeway has been closed in both directions between Mundijong Road and Karnup Road.
The fire started near the intersection of the Kwinana Freeway and Safety Bay Road in Baldivis.
The emergency warning covers an area bounded by Bertenshaw Road, St Albans Road, Folly Road, Young Road, Doghill Road and the Kwinana Freeway on the eastern side of the freeway.
There are a watch and act warning for residents in an area bounded by Mundijong Road, St Albans Road, Bertenshaw Road, Doghill Road, Powell Road, Serpentine Road and Baldivis Road on both the western and eastern sides of the Freeway.
The Education Department says smoke has become a hazard at the nearby Rivergums Primary School and Baldivis Secondary College.
Two BP service stations on either side of the Kwinana Freeway have been evacuated.
Emergency follows blaze reported on Sunday
Today’s blaze comes just five days after another fire forced the closure of one of the same BP service stations, a company spokeswoman told the ABC.
A fire broke out in land adjacent to the eastern service station on Sunday afternoon, she said.
The station had to be evacuated while the fire was brought under control.
The alert level for today’s fire has been upgraded as fire conditions are erratic and it is impacting properties.
The blaze is moving fast in a southern direction.
It was reported at 9:30 am.
People are being advised to leave if the way is clear, or prepare to actively defend their homes.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises:
- If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
- If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
- Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.
Multiple firefighting units are responding to the blaze, the cause of which is unknown.
Four fire emergencies in one day
Authorities are tackling four fire emergencies throughout the state today after a factory was engulfed in flames in Perth’s eastern suburb of Kewdale, and two bushfire emergency warnings were triggered in the South West.
The old timber town of Jarrahwood, 250 kilometers south of Perth, has been evacuated, and a second fire is burning in a pine plantation 22 kilometers south-west of Busselton.
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