HOT and windy weather conditions forecast for today will test containment lines established
for the Red Gully bushfire, which is still threatening Ocean Farms and Seaview Park.
Overnight the bushfire was stationary and firefighters were strengthening containment lines but DFES says the bushfire is still uncontrolled and uncontainted so the unpredictable weather conditions have the potential to rapidly escalate fire behaviour.
This morning the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) was forecasting 37 degrees for Lancelin today with the winds easterly 25 to 35km/h.
Tomorrow BoM is forecasting 40 degrees for Lancelin with winds east to northeasterly 20 to 30km/h tending southeast to southwesterly 15 to 20km/h in the evening then becoming light in the late evening.
On Friday the forecast for Lancelin is 43 degrees with winds easterly 15 to 20km/h tending northeasterly 20 to 30km/h during the morning then becoming light during the day.
At 9.07am today the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) was advising any residents still in Ocean Farms estate and Seaview Park to remain on high alert and to enact their bushfire survival plan now.
DFES advised any remaining residents that if it was safe to do so they should leave now via Indian Ocean Dr in a southerly direction.
There will be a community meeting at 11am at the Guilderton Country Club, Wedge St, Guilderton.
Two hundred firefighters with SES crews in support have been fighting the Red Gully bushfire, which was reported at 9.33am on January 2 and so far has burnt 9200ha.
DFES said the persistent dry, hot and windy conditions had put a strain on firefighters battling blazes across Western Australia, with no respite for the rest of the week.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said the extreme heat and forecast wind changes were a catastrophic combination that could result in small fires quickly getting out of control.
“This week’s weather conditions are some of the most challenging firefighting conditions I have seen in many years and unfortunately, weather conditions are not easing over the coming days, in fact they are only going to get worse,” he said.
“These challenging conditions have been seen in Red Gully and surrounding areas where an out of control bushfire has been burning since Saturday and temperatures are expected to soar into the 40s from Thursday.
“We face the risk of new fires igniting and existing fires escalating, which would put extreme pressure on emergency services.
“I would like to thank all volunteer and career firefighters and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions who have worked day and night to get these fires under control.
“But this is a reminder that firefighters can’t be on every doorstep, so all Western Australians need to play their part by having a bushfire plan and being ready to act.”
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