I want to update you on another emergency situation with bushfires threatening lives and homes north-east of Perth.
I understand DFES will do a media conference and provide a comprehensive update on the Wooroloo fire situation later today. I urge people to listen to the advice and follow the instructions.
People in the area are in danger. There is a threat to lives and homes.
This is an extremely dangerous fire. Please visit emergency.wa.gov.au or call 13 DFES – that is, 13 33 37 – follow DFES on Facebook and Twitter, and continue to listen to local news bulletins.
Planning has been going overnight to address the potential impact. A number of homes have been lost and the morning winds are predicted to turn from easterly to north-westerly. Weather conditions are extremely volatile. For the people affected by the fire, an evacuation centre has been established at Brown Park in Swan View. DFES advise they have lost 80% of all properties in the rural area of Tilden Park in Gidgegannup.
DFES will be conducting inquiries at the Tilden Park fire scene this morning in an attempt to establish where there has been any loss of life.
Western Power advises that around 2,750 homes and businesses are without power due to the bushfires burning in Wooroloo, Bailup, and Gidgegannup in the Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan. Western Power is working closely with DFES and will safely access the fire ground when possible to assess the damage before we begin repair and restoration.
At this stage, there has been significant damage to the network.
We urge people to stay eight metres away from – as a minimum from any fallen powerlines or other damage to the network. And report it to us on 13 13 51 so that emergency response crews can attend the hazard and make the area safe. We are currently securing another large aerial tanker from New South Wales to assist. It should be here in Western Australia later today.