Monster fire roars towards tiny town


Schools have shut down in the town of Two Rocks, 60km north of Perth and families have been told to leave if the way is clear as the monster blaze bears down on them.

Authorities have warned the residents of Two Rocks, a town known for fishing and boating, that lives and homes are under immediate threat.

The fire, which has expanded outwards as 40-degree heat and warm easterly winds fan flames up the Indian Ocean coast, has already burnt through 5000 hectares of bushland.

It has torn through Yanchep National Park, commonly known for lakeside picnics and its koala and kangaroo population.

One house has so far burnt down and a petrol station was severely damaged as the fire grew to threaten more communities.

Some Two Rocks residents are attempting to take shelter from encroaching fire’s ember attack, while others took the opportunity to get out.

A firefighjter battles the blaze in Yanchep, WA, as residents of Two Rocks are told to get out. Picture: DFES/ Morten Boe.Source:AAP

Residents of Two Rocks (above, in the red marked danger area) are used to boating and fishing, but are now in the path of the massive fire. Picture: Emergency WA.

Residents of Two Rocks (above, in the red marked danger area) are used to boating and fishing, but are now in the path of the massive fire. Picture: Emergency WA.Source:Supplied

Residents prepare to flee the tiny town of Two Rocks, WA, as the monster fire bears down, fuelled by the state's heatwave

Residents prepare to flee the tiny town of Two Rocks, WA, as the monster fire bears down, fuelled by the state’s heatwaveSource:ABC

The bushfire in Yanchep has nothing in its path to stop it tearing through dozens of communities in WA. Picture: Lewis van Bommel.

The bushfire in Yanchep has nothing in its path to stop it tearing through dozens of communities in WA. Picture: Lewis van Bommel.Source:AAP

WA bushfire destroys petrol station

WA bushfire destroys petrol station

A bushfire which destroyed a petrol station and reportedly damaged one home in Perth’s north has been downgraded. There is still a possible threat to lives and homes, as firefighters face extreme heat as they battle the blaze. The fire remained at an emergency level throughout the night and ripped through 650 hectares of bushland. There were reports one home was lost, but the Department of Fire and Emergency Services are yet to confirm. Perth is currently in the grips of a heatwave, with temperatures forecast to reach 40 degrees on Thursday, which has made battling the blaze even more difficult for firefighters. Image: News Corp Australia

On Friday morning, Emergency WA said lives would be in danger in Two Rocks and parts of Yanchep with the blaze out of control and unpredictable.

“If the way is clear, leave now for a safer place,” Emergency WA said.

The emergency is expected to continue for several days with 200 firefighters battling not only the blaze, but changing winds and the hot weather.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) incident controller Andy Hinton said that at present, nothing could stop the fire.

“This fire is running,” he said.

“We know the weather was challenging, we know we’re in a heatwave situation and the winds are challenging, we knew this was going to challenge us.

“Currently, we’re attempting to track the fire with machinery but … a bulldozer can’t move at a kilometre an hour.

The fire has torn through 5000ha and (above) is burning through Yanchep National Park. Picture: Morten Boe.

The fire has torn through 5000ha and (above) is burning through Yanchep National Park. Picture: Morten Boe.Source:AAP

Firefighters can’t stop it. Picture: DFES/Morten Boe.

Firefighters can’t stop it. Picture: DFES/Morten Boe.Source:Supplied

‘It’s coming’, a resident says. Picture: ABC.

‘It’s coming’, a resident says. Picture: ABC.Source:ABC

Two Rocks (above) is a coastal town better known for fishing and boating. Picture: Julie Muriale/Google.

Two Rocks (above) is a coastal town better known for fishing and boating. Picture: Julie Muriale/Google.Source:Supplied

“It’s a very difficult situation at the moment … so we’re very much working in the realm of public information and evacuations at this point.”

Mr Hinton said the fire would likely reach the town of Woodridge, 26km from Two Rocks and on the northern fringe of Yanchep National Park, and residents were urged to evacuate.

“Woodridge is a small community, it’s a very vulnerable community, it’s built in trees,” he said.

Emergency warnings have been issued for WA coastal towns like Seabird and Guilderton and the tiny bush communities of Neergabby, Gabbadah, Wilbinga, Caraban and others.

The heatwave conditions fuelling the fire have seen temperatures in Perth top 40 degrees on Friday, with the high temperatures to continue through to Sunday.

candace.sutton@news.com.au



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