Firefighters are bracing for more tough conditions as a devastating bushfire which has claimed at least 71 homes in Perth’s north-east rages on for a fourth day.
Thousands were ordered to flee their homes late Wednesday night, while others were told it was too late to leave as powerful southerly winds of up to 70km/h picked up.
Authorities are fearing the worst with the number of homes lost expected to rise, after some locals battled in vain to save their properties.
A bushfire emergency alert was issued on Thursday morning for more than a dozen areas in immediate danger.
The fire in Wooroloo near Perth continues to burn out of control for a fourth day. Pictured is a home under threat as firefighters battle the inferno
The devastation on evacuated resident Pamela Wheeler-Hart’s face says it all after being told her Gidgegannup home has been destroyed (pictured on Wednesday)
Hundreds of properties remain in the path of the raging bushfire in Perth’s north-east. Pictured is a map of the affected areas
‘You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes,’ the Department of Fire and Emergency Services alert issued shortly before 3am Perth time (6am AEST) states.
‘For people within the Clenton and Berry Road Gidgegannup area and Shady Hills Estate and East Bullsbook areas, it’s too late to leave and leaving now would be deadly.’
Around 2,000 Shady Hills View and Bullsbrook were ordered to evacuate on Wednesday night while others in Avon Ridge, Joshua Mews, the area north-west of Gidgegannup and east of Walyunga National Park were told it was too late to leave.
Authorities fear more homes were lost on Wednesday night (pictured, a gutted home in Perth’s Hill district)
No lives have been lost so far.
Thousands of residents have sought refuge at a number of evacuation centres set up.
Alternative accommodation has also been provided for hundreds of beloved pets and animals left homeless by the fires.
The Magic Million complex has become a temporary home for displaced ponies, horses and goats with volunteers helping to feed and care for them.
More than 70 homes were lost in the first three days of the bushfire (pictured, fires burn next to a home in Upper Swan)
Thousands of residents and their animals have fled their homes under threat from bushfire this week. Pictured is Abbey Edwards with her pony Monty
Hundreds of beloved pets have also been displaced by the bushfire, including this miniature pony (pictured) being offered a snack by a volunteer.
More homes and lives were under threat on Wednesday night (pictured, a gutted home destroyed by bushfires in Perth’s north-east)
More than 70 homes have already been lost with that number expected to rise on Thursday morning. Pictured are crews battling the blaze at Wooroloo, near Perth
The blaze is the state’s worst bushfire disaster since 180 homes were lost in the south-west town of Yarloo in 2016.
‘It’s not looking good overnight, we will do our best to hold the fire spread and containment lines, but the wind is really against us.’ a DFES spokesperson told the West Australian.
‘It’s not an easy fire to fight, life and property have been under threat for over three days… the fire has reached a perimeter of 120km.’
Weather conditions are not expected to improve until the weekend when rain has been forecast. In the meantime, the area is set to endure warm temperatures with strong winds and low humidity.
The fire has burned through about 10,000 hectares since it started in Wooroloo on Monday, with 300 firefighters battling the fire.
A New South Wales Rural Fire Service tanker has arrived from the other side of the country and was immediately deployed to battle the blaze from above on Wednesday.
The Magic Millions complex in the Swan Valley is currently housing hundreds of animals left homeless by the bushfires. Pictured is Trevor Blight feeding his Nigerian dwarf dairy goats
Authorities fear more devastation has been called after winds picked up late Wednesday night. Pictured are firefighters battling the blaze at Wooroloo, which is now in its fourth day
About 1,300 homes and businesses remained without electricity after the blaze damaged power lines and poles on Monday night.
Premier Mark McGowan said Western Australia was in an ‘unprecedented situation’ with t80 per cent of state’s population a five day lockdwon on top of the bushfire disaster.
‘This is a situation the likes of which we have never seen before — a full lockdown and raging bushfires,’ he told reporters
‘The fires have already devastated our community. To all those that have been impacted by the fires, can I say, every single West Australian is thinking of you today.’
Thousands of residents have fled to evacuation centres. Pictured are residents waiting anxiously for an update on their homes on Wednesday