MORE than 70 firefighters have managed to contain a bushfire in Perth’s north-east but urge residents not to return to their homes.
At 4pm, a bushfire emergency warning was downgraded to a watch and act alert for people in the suburbs of Bullsbrook, Ellenbrook, Upper Swan, The Vines, Aveley and Belhus.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that crews are working to consolidate containment lines but warn that the fire, which has burnt 140 hectares, is still not yet control.
The fire is moving fast in a westerly direction, fanned by easterly winds with gusts up to 50km an hour and spot fires are starting up to 200m ahead of the fire.
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The fire started at Upper Swan, between the intersection of Great Northern Highway and Apple Road at about 11.30 but it quickly escalated and an emergency was declared at 1pm.
A relocation point has been set up at Altone Park Recreation Centre at 332 Benara Road, Beechboro.
Earlier today, one resident affected by the fire told PerthNow she had received an a call on her home phone just after 1pm, saying ‘Emergency, emergency, all residents in The Vines and Ellenbrook evacuate immediately due to bushfire.’
Another resident of The Vines said the water bombers were an impressive sight, and said they took heart that there were plenty of lakes for them to draw from.
The following roads remain closed: Vines Avenue from Bordeaux Lane, Hermitage Drive and Chenin Lane.
The Department of Education advises parents of students at schools in Ellenbrook that it is safe to collect their children despite a bushfire nearby.
Parents or carers affected by the bushfire and unable to collect students are advised they will be cared for at the school until it is safe for them to do so.