WA blazes remain a threat to lives

Firefighters are battling a bushfire north of Perth that continues to rage out of control.
Firefighters are battling a bushfire north of Perth that continues to rage out of control.

Three major bushfires in Western Australia remain a threat to lives and homes as they burn over more than 20,000 hectares.

Emergency warnings remain for the two bushfires declared in the northern Perth regions of Yanchep and Mogumber as well as for one at Yourdamung Lake in the Shire of Collie.

As fires continue burning across Perth, emergency services will continue consolidating and strengthening containment lines overnight, as temperatures mildly cool down to the low 30s.

A bushfire raging out of control in Yanchep since Wednesday at 2.16pm put thousands of properties at risk on Sunday.

Lives and properties were under threat at Guilderton, Woodridge, Gabbadah, Wilbinga, Caraban, Seabird, Yeal, Redfield Park, Soverign Hill, Seatreets and Breakwater Estates.

Parts of Two Rocks, Neergabby, Yanchep, Gnangara-Moore River State Forest, Moore River National Park and the Yeal Nature Preserve were also covered by the warning.

One house and a Yanchep service station were confirmed to have been lost.

Two temporary evacuation centres were set up at Gumblossom Community Centre and Granville Civic Centre. Community meetings will be held on Monday at 10am and 2.30pm.

Four schools - Two Rocks Primary School, Yanchep Primary School, Yanchep Beach Primary School and Yanchep Secondary College - will be closed on Monday.

The Yanchep blaze remained under an emergency warning after 400 firefighters were deployed to protect more than 6000 homes from the near-12,000 hectare blaze.

"If you look at where the fires have gone, it is absolutely astonishing that we haven't lost more than one house," Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan told reporters on Sunday.

Another bushfire declared on Sunday threatened lives and homes in Mogumber, north of Perth.

An emergency warning was issued and residents were asked to shelter. The bushfire remained out of control on Sunday evening, burning towards Mogumber townsite.

The Bindoon-Moora road was closed in both directions north of Mogumber and motorists were asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully.

Another emergency warning remained in place for a separate blaze burning 7400 hectares at Yourdamung Lake, northeast of Bunbury.

It covered an area bounded by Baroda Road to the north, Norm Road to the south, Collie-Tallanalla Road to the west and Collie-Williams Road to the east.

Three campsites and several bike trails were closed.

Australian Associated Press