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A fire that has been raging since Saturday is threatening the lives and homes of residents in the Gingin and Dandaragan areas north of Perth after the blaze escaped containment lines.

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for parts of the two northerly shires after the fire picked up speed and jumped fire lines last night.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued an urgent alert to residents of Ocean Farms Estate, telling them to leave now.

“If the way is clear, residents of Ocean Farms Estate must leave now for a safer place. Your life will be in danger if you stay. Do not wait and see, leaving at the last minute is deadly,” the alert says.

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Residents are advised to leave via Indian Ocean Drive in a northerly or southerly direction.

Farmers east of Lancelin, which cannot be accessed, have been urged to flee as well.

To do so, they much travel in a southerly direction via Indian Ocean Drive.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Guilderton Country Club on Wedge Street in Guilderton.

If residents are unable to leave, they are being told to shelter in place now.

Camera IconThe fire as seen from Lancelin. Credit: Lancelin Facebook page/Lancelin Facebook page

The three-day-old bushfire has so far burned through more than 2,000ha and is this morning moving fast in a westerly direction at three kilometres per hour.

The blaze is out of control and unpredictable, with burning embers igniting spot fires up to 200 metres ahead of the firefront, and winds causing large amounts of ash and dust to blow over the fireground — reducing visibility across Brand Highway.

The fire continues to threaten homes and farms in parts of Regans Ford, Red Gully, Cowalla, Moore River National Park, Nilgen, Mimegarra, Karakin, Yathroo, Orange Springs, Lancelin and Ledge Point — including Ocean Farms and Seaview Park — in the shires of Gingin and Dandaragan.

Most at risk are people bounded by Brand Highway, Nammegarra Road, Mimegarra Road, Dingo Road, Nilgen Road, Indian Ocean Drive, K.W. Road, Sappers Road, Orange Springs Road and Nabaroo Road.

If you live in those areas you are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.

More than 70 firefighters are battling the blaze, with aerial crews supporting those on the ground.

They originally had managed to contain the fire, which started about 9.30am on Saturday near the intersection of Mogumber Road W and Brand Highway in Red Gully.

A number of roads have been closed including Indian Ocean Drive from K.W Road to Wedge Island Road, K.W Road (East of Indian Ocean Drive), Nilgen Road (East of Indian Ocean Drive) and Minegarra Road from Meadows Road to Sappers Road.

Follow the latest updates on the Emergency WA page.

The fire as seen from Lancelin.
Camera IconThe fire as seen from Lancelin. Credit: Lancelin Facebook page/Lancelin Facebook page

Wedge Island, Mimergarra, Nilgen and Cooljarloo

A bushfire watch and act is in place for people in an area bounded by Sappers Road to the south and Indian Ocean Drive to the east and north in parts of Wedge Island, Mimegarra, Nilgen and Cooljarloo.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the bushfire has jumped containment lines.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the conditions are changing.

Kwinana

There is a possible threat to lives and homes for people living in parts of The Spectacles, Orelia, Medina, Naval Base, Postans, Kwinana Beach and Hope Valley — in the City of Kwinana.

The out-of-control fire, which has burnt through 240ha since Sunday, was downgraded to a watch and act yesterday after it razed parts of a Kwinana waste transfer site.

DFES has received no other reports of properties being damaged by the fire, which surrounded the Perth Motorplex and came within metres of Kleenheat’s gas production facility.

People bounded by Anketell Road, McLaughlan Road, Thomas Road, Bingfield Road West, Butcher Street, Mason Road and the coast are at risk and being told to leave now or prepare to defent their properties.

More than 120 firefighters are battling the fire, which ignited nearly 48 hours ago.

Abercrombie Road between Anketell Road and Thomas Road is still closed, however, Rockingham Road and Thomas Road have reopened in both directions.

Firefighters expect the blaze to continue burning for several days.

A helicopter fights a bushfire in Kwinana in Perth's southwest on Sunday evening.
Camera IconA helicopter fights a bushfire in Kwinana in Perth’s southwest on Sunday evening. Credit: 7News

Martin

Firefighters have given the all clear for a fire that burnt through 5.6ha since Sunday evening.

The blaze was extinguished yesterday after destroying a Riverside Gardens Estate retirement home as well as six other properties in Gosnells.

Crews are patrolling the area and monitoring the situation, with 25 fireys on scene today.

Roads are open but motorists are being told to drive with caution due to the thick smoke blanketing some roads.

Lancelin, Nilgen, Karakin and Ledge Point

A bushfire advice alert is in place for people in an area bounded by Mimegarra Road, Dingo Road, Nilgen Road, Sappers Road, K.W. Road and Indian Ocean Drive.

While there is no threat to lives or homes, there is a lot of smoke in the area and people are being told to stay alert and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

Rockingham

A bushfire which investigators believe was deliberately lit near the intersection of Safety Bay Road and Lake Street in Rockingham early yesterday morning has been downgraded to an advice alert.

Nine volunteer firefighters are patrolling the area and mopping up, with the blaze under control and burning within containment lines.

Follow the latest updates on the Emergency WA page.

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