Bushfire emergency alerts for two fires near Perth at Red Gully to the north and Wundowie to the east have both been downgraded to watch and act.
About 150 firefighters are working on the Wundowie fire, about 70 kilometers from Perth, which authorities had warned would threaten lives and homes earlier today.
Surveillance is now in place for the city of Wundowie, covering an area bounded by Coates Road, Oyston Road, Douglas Road to Chedaring Road, Doys Road and north of Burma Road.
Water bombers were called when the fast moving fire began near 1:30 p.m. on Saturday near the Great Eastern Highway and blocked several roads in the area.
Emergency WA says there is still a potential threat to life and homes if the fire approaches Wundowie.
There is now a guard for the Red Gully Fire, which covers parts of Mimegarra, Regan’s Ford, Orange Springs, and Cowallain in Counties Gingin and Dandaragan.
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Will Blackshaw, district officer for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), said earlier Saturday that he expected the fire in Red Gully to continue for some time.
« The fire is still moving in very heavy fuel and it is moving very quickly with unpredictable behavior, » he said.
A bush fire station for parts of Lancelin and Nilgen in Gingin Shire has also been downgraded to advisory level.
Authorities say there is no threat to life or homes, but there is a lot of smoke in the area.
The fire started near the intersection of Mogumber Road West and Brand Highway in Red Gully.
The fires also cut power to thousands of homes on the Washington coast, affecting people in the beach town of Lancelin and surrounding communities and Wundowie.
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