Help arrives in heatwave fire fight


The Boeing 737 tanker flew to Perth from NSW overnight to assist as forests near the north Perth suburb of Yanchep burn.

A Boeing 737 air tanker has arrived in Perth to assist in the firefighting effort.Source:Supplied

Firefighters warn the blaze could continue for more than a week, having already burned through nearly 12,000 hectares of bush since sparking on Wednesday.

The fire has also destroyed at least one house and a petrol station, but firefighters have saved over 6,000 homes according to the WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

A massive fire burning on the coast of Perth has firefighters warning people to leave the area.

A massive fire burning on the coast of Perth has firefighters warning people to leave the area.Source:Supplied

Heatwave conditions are not helping.

Tops of 40 degrees are predicted for Perth on Sunday, as well as wind gusts up to 45km/h.

Around 400 career and volunteer firefighters are battling the Yanchep blaze and conducted backburning overnight in an effort to stop it spreading further.

SES volunteers are also attending.

A total fire ban remains in place in Perth.

In NSW, the massive Gospers Mountain bushfire that has been burning in Wollemi National Park for over a month now, continues.

NSW Rural Fire Service said that fire is being contained.

The fire has now burned through over 367,000 hectares after merging with several others.



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