Emergency crews on high alert with fires, storm warning

Emergency crews on high alert with fires, storm warning

Armadale, Roleystone and Kalamunda firefighters attended the blaze in Karragullen. Photograph – Hamish Hastie.

While firefighters continued to battle the Waroona blaze in the state’s southwest today local crews were tied up with small fires in Karragullen, Jarrahdale and North Dandalup.

Crews from Armadale, Roleystone and Kalamunda were called to put out a grass fire on an O’Meagher Road property in Karragullen around lunchtime.

The fire burnt through about a half a hectare of an orchard before it was brought under control by about 12.30pm.

Flames reached O’Meagher Road but were extinguished before jumping to the other side.

It was unclear how the fire started.

Fires also started near Appian and Halstead Roads in Jarrahdale and Del Park and Whittakers roads in North Dandalup but were brought under control by attending crews.

Emergency services across the southern part of the state were also on high alert with a thunderstorm predicted to set in this evening.

The Department of Fire and Emergency services warned it could bring with it hail, damaging winds, lightning and flash flooding.

Residents were being asked to tie down loose objects, ensure pets are safe and prepare an emergency plan.

Donate to Waroona fire victims

Anyone wishing to donate items to victims of the Waroona fire can drop them off at member for Darling Range Tony Simpson’s office at unit 5, 837 South Western Highway, Byford.

Toiletries and items that would be helpful are welcome.