Perth bushfire worsens quickly, Over 70 homes lost

The Perth bushfires are ravaging the Hills since igniting in Wooroloo on Monday. Unfortunately today, with wind gusts of in excess of 70 km per hour, over 70 homes lost, the fire’s perimetre is over 110km and burnt through 11,000 hectares. This is a monster of a fire!

Warnings have gone out to the people in Avon Ridge, Joshua Mews, North West of Gidgeegannup and those east of the Walyunga National Park. The unpredictability and intensity of the fire has been noted by Rick Curtis, DFES, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, who says it is not safe to stay and defend homes.

“Ground crews and aerial suppression efforts are struggling to contain the forward movement of that fire,” he said.

“We would prefer to lose a house than lose a life. That’s what it comes down to.”

He said 21 aircraft were fighting the fire, along with and more than 300 firefighters on the ground. Then DFES Assistant Commissioner Craig Waters added saying that challenging weather conditions forecast for this evening would test fire fighters. “We’re experiencing really flukey winds,” Mr Waters said late on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Waters said local firefighters were starting to become fatigued after three days on the ground and that work was underway to determine the feasibility of bringing in interstate crews.

The people of Perth are now being effected by smoke haze although winds are now pushing it a touch further away from the City. Anyone with breathing difficulties should stay inside of if needed seek medical assistance.

Three evacuation centres have been set up, at the Brown Park Recreation Complex in Swan View, Swan Active in Midland and Swan Active in Beechboro.

About 230 people slept at the evacuation centres last night, while around 700 people have registered across the three venues.

WA’s double whammy start to February

Western Australia is up for a double whammy as a tropical cyclone warning was issued on the Coastal WA regions and now, a snap of a five-day hard lockdown on major parts of the state.
This was after a hotel security guard tested positive for COVID-19, with fears it could be the highly contagious infectious UK strain.

Consequently, a massive testing has now been carried out in a bid to discover how far an outbreak of coronavirus may have spread before major parts of the state were last night put into this immediate lockdown.

As measures, health authorities disclosed a tentative list of places visited by the man in line with the imposing of the hard lockdown. According to Premier Mark McGowan, this case is the state’s first locally acquired COVID-19 case in almost 10 months.

Among the affected with the lockdown are the whole Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the south-west region which must follow strict staying at home orders until Friday.
Meanwhile, as said, health authorities’ list of exposure sites is made public and anyone who is linked with these sites is urged to come forward for testing. These sites are namely Coles Maylands supermarket on 25 January from 8pm to 10pm, KFC Maylands on 27 January from 6pm to midnight and Mitsubishi Motors car dealership in Midland on 27 January from 7pm to close.

Also included are the Spudshed, Coventry Village in Morley on 27 January from 8pm to midnight, ECU Joondalup on 28 January from 11am to 2pm, Consulate General of India on St Georges Terrace in Perth on 28 January from 12pm to 5pm, Halal Grocery Store in Cloverdale on 28 January from 7pm to 9pm and the Venus Ladies and Gentleman Hair Design Maylands hairdressers on 29 January from 1pm to 3pm.
Added to the list are Perth Convention Centre on 29 January from 4pm to 6pm, Nedlands Family Practice GP surgery on 29 January from 5pm to 6pm, Chemist Warehouse North Perth Pharmacy on 29 January from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, 7-Eleven Ascot petrol station on 29 January from 8pm to 9pm and Coles Maylands supermarket on 29 January from 8pm 9pm.

Lastly, Puma Service Station in Burswood on 30 January from 11am to 12 midday, Coles Express/Shell Service Station in Cloverdale on 30 January from 12 midday to 3pm and Pharmacy 777 at Maylands Park Shopping Centre 30 January from 2.30pm to 4pm.

Given that it is a hard lockdown, only four reasons are provided to allow resident to leave their house. For instance, work where you/they cannot work from home or remotely, shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies, medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable and exercise within their neighborhood, but only with one other person and only for one hour per day.

Among the close businesses, venues and locations on the affected regions are, schools universities, TAFES and education facilities, pubs, bars and clubs, gyms and indoor sporting venue, playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor recreational facilities, cinemas, entertainment venues, and casinos, large religious gatherings and places of worship and libraries and cultural institutions.