The fight against bushfires continues in Western Australia. On Saturday, a fire broke out near the town of Chittering, forcing the evacuation of 6,000 residents of the region. The spread of fire is facilitated by hot, dry weather.
A heatwave warning was in place for many parts of Western Australia on Saturday. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said the maximum temperature in the regional capital, Perth, would be 41 degrees Celsius, almost 10 degrees above the average January maximum.
“You must act now to survive”
The heatwave also brings an increased risk of bushfires – firefighters from Western Australia battled flames in 40 locations on Saturday. A particularly dangerous fire broke out in the area of Chittering, located approximately 70 kilometers northeast of Perth. The local Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said the uncontrolled and uncontained fire was moving rapidly towards the north-west.
An evacuation order was announced in Chittering, affecting 6,000 residents of the region. Rescuers also urged people not to attempt to return to the area until the fire is under control.
– You are in danger and you must act immediately to survive. The flames are threatening you and your homes, DFES said on social media. In other parts of the state, firefighters managed to control the spreading fire.
Main photo source: Cameron Metcalfe/Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA