Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Kwinana bushfire: Threat to lives, homes

A bushfire that has destroyed at least one home and threatened lives in Perth’s south remains unpredictable, as firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

An emergency warning is in place for parts of Oakford, Casuarina, Wandi, Anketell and Oldbury in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale and the City of Kwinana.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services warns there is a threat to lives and homes.

“You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive,” DFES said.

The fire, which started near the Modong Nature Reserve in Oakford on Saturday morning, has burnt through 282 hectares.

The bushfire is stationary but not controlled. Firefighters are working to strengthen containment lines.

A DFES spokeswoman told NCA NewsWire the rapid damage assessment team was also working to confirm reports of property damage.

Photographs show at least one property has been destroyed, but DFES is yet to confirm it.

A watch and act alert is also in place for parts of Casuarina, Oldbury, Wandi, Oakford, Parmelia, The Spectacles, Orelia, Kwinana and Postans.

“There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is burning in the area and the conditions are changing,” DFES warns.

Anyone self-isolating or quarantining due to COVID-19 has been warned to find alternative accommodation with family or friends who live away from the fire zone, and inform police.

Some roads have been closed, including parts of the Kwinana Freeway.

Western Power advises parts of Casuarina, Oakford, Anketell, The Spectacles and Oldbury are without power.

The evacuation centres at Serpentine-Jarrahdale Recreation Centre and Kwinana Recquatic have been shut down.

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