South West volunteers step up to fight big blazes

Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
South West firefighters went to help local brigades at the bushfires that ravaged Perth this week.
Camera IconSouth West firefighters went to help local brigades at the bushfires that ravaged Perth this week.

A chance at a fresh start this new year has been ripped away for many by bushfires ravaging the State this week.

High temperatures and relentless winds saw multiple fires threaten lives and homes in WA, with South West volunteers stepping up to help fight.

South West firefighters went to help local brigades at the massive Red Gully fire in the Shire of Gingin, which burnt through 9000ha as of yesterday.

More than 200 volunteer and career firefighters were still battling the blaze yesterday after it ignited on Sunday morning.

The bushfire at Red Gully.
Camera IconThe bushfire at Red Gully.

Firefighters from several South West bush fire brigades also assisted local brigades at the Wundowie blaze, in which 70ha was destroyed.

The fire came within metres of homes, leaving them without power and water, and saw 150 career and volunteer firefighters battle the blaze before it received the all clear on Tuesday.

BVBFB captain Terri Kowal said the South West strike team spent two days at Wundowie helping local brigades.

“We were mainly securing containment lines, mopping up — it was about giving all the local brigades a rest,” she said.

“It was still very hot and the winds were relentless.”

The spate of bushfires serves as a reminder of the need for an up-to-date bushfire plan and an understanding of the four levels of the bushfire warning system.

Advice: A fire has started but there is no immediate threat to lives or homes. Keep up to date.

Watch and Act: There is a possible threat to lives or homes. Decide to leave or get ready to defend — do not wait.

Emergency Warning: You are in danger and need to take immediate action. There is a threat to lives or homes.

All Clear: Take care to avoid danger and keep up to date.

For more, visit dfes.wa.gov.au.

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