A massive bushfire near Perth Hills in Western Australia (WA) has destroyed at least 30 homes, according to Swan City Mayor Kevin Bailey, as over 500 firefighters tackle the blaze.
In the town of Wooroloo near the Perth metropolitan area, the out-of-control fire has claimed over 7,000 hectares of land, impacting the shires of Mundaring, Chittering, Northam, and Swan City on Feb. 2 after it quickly spread to parts of Chidlow, Wundowie, and Gidgegannup a day before.
WA Premier Mark McGowan has said that the fire has ravaged through 80% of the properties in the Tilden Park area in the township of Gidgegannup.
Authorities are still investigating for any loss of life.
The WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) issued an alert telling residents within the marked incident areas that it was “too late to leave and leaving now would be deadly.”
“You need to shelter in your home in a room away from the fire front and make sure you can easily escape. You must shelter before the fire arrives, as the extreme heat will kill you well before the flames reach you,” the alert said.
According to reports, temperatures are expected to reach 37 degrees Celsius on Feb. 2.
The fire comes as the Perth metropolitan region is under strict COVID-19 lockdown rules until Feb. 5.
“Whether you are in lockdown or have been personally directed to quarantine for COVID-19, you must do whatever you need to do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe,” the DFES said, urging residents to prioritize their personal safety.
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