Baldivis bushfire emergency sparked by car closes Kwinana Freeway, threatens lives and homes

Michael Traill & Brianna DuganThe West Australian
A car fire sparked the blaze
Camera IconA car fire sparked the blaze Credit: Picture: Baldivis/Rockingham Now

UPDATE: The Baldivis bushfire has now been downgraded to a watch and act alert for local residents.

Earlier, part of the Kwinana Freeway had been forced to close as a bushfire, ignited by a car fire, threatened lives and homes in Perth’s south.

About 50 firefighters are battling the blaze, with eight hectares of land razed so far.

WHAT TO DO

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.

At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.

A number of roads have been closed including the Kwinana Freeway southbound between Safety Bay Road and Karnup Road as well as Young Road between Serpentine Road and Karnup Road.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

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