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In blistering heat, Perth’s bushfire will keep burning for days

Perth bushfire emergency continues as firefighters spend a fourth day trying to protect lives, homes, BY GIAN DE POLONI AND JAMES CARMODY, ABC, 16 Dec 19,   A bushfire threatening lives and homes in Perth’s north has remained at emergency level for a fourth consecutive day — and it may stay there for several more, with flames being fanned further up the coast.

Key points:

  • The fire has burnt through 12,000 hectares, destroying several structures
  • DFES’ commissioner says difficult times are ahead and warns of further damage
  • Authorities say they don’t believe arson is to blame for the fire

Hundreds of firefighters battling the blaze were able to slow its spread on Friday night but they spent Saturday dealing with changes in wind direction and another day of blistering heat.

The emergency warning is in place for a 45-kilometre stretch of coast including the towns of Guilderton, Seabird and parts of Two Rocks.

The smaller communities of Woodridge, Caraban, Gabbadah, Neergabby, Wilbinga, Yeal, Redfield Park, Sovereign Hill, the Seatrees and Breakwater estates and parts of Beermullah, Muckenburra, Wanerie, Neergabby and Yanchep remained in the the emergency warning zone on Sunday morning.

Fire danger has been declared for the metropolitan region, the Pilbara, Goldfields Midlands, the Great Southern, the mid-west Gascoyne, as well as the south-west and lower south-west of the state. ……..

Fire will burn for days

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) superintendent Gary Baxter said the fire could burn for more than a week.

“I don’t suspect that we’re going to extinguish it anytime in the next week or so but certainly we’ll try and get containment lines strengthened,” he said.

“Controlling it is a different thing but containing it over the next few days is an objective you’d hope in the next couple of weeks to fully extinguish the fire.

“That’s to completely extinguish 100 per cent of the fire ground — that’s a complete blackout — so that over the next few weeks and into the next couple of months of over summer we don’t have to revisit the same patch.”……

No relief from blistering heat

The fire has been fuelled by heatwave conditions that saw temperatures in the city top 40 degrees Celsius on Friday and Saturday, with similar conditions expected for Sunday.

The blaze has so far burnt through close to 12,000 hectares of bushland, tearing through the Yanchep National Park………

Yanchep National Park and the Wilbinga Conservation Park remains closed.

There was a total fire ban across the Perth metropolitan area on Saturday.

The Red Cross has established a hotline number for people affected by the fire to get in touch with family and friends; 1800 351 375

December 16, 2019 - Posted by | climate change - global warming, Western Australia

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