Local fire crews bring bushfire under control

Local fire crews bring bushfire under control

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Aerial support was needed to bring a fire under control in Hopeland earlier this week.

An out of control and unpredictable fire that threatened lives and homes in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale earlier this week was brought under control thanks to the efforts of more than 100 firefighters and ground crews. 

The fire started near the intersection of Rowe Road and Hopeland Road in Hopeland at 2.19pm on January 28. 

The fire quickly escalated resulting in an emergency warning being issued by 6pm on Tuesday night for people north of Rowe Road, east of Casuarina Road, south of Mundijong Road and west of Dairy Lake in the northern part of Hopeland and the western part of Mardella. 

Parts of Oakford, Casuarina, Oldbury, Mardella, Byford, Baldivis, Wellard and Cardup, which were initially mentioned under a watch and act alert were given the all clear by 9.30pm on Tuesday night as crews worked hard to bring the fire under control. 

At the height of the fire a total of 120 firefighters were fighting the blaze on the ground, while aerial support helped battle from above. 

State emergency service volunteers and Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters were also in attendance.

A number of roads were closed during the emergency including Rowe Road, Lowlands Road and Lightbody Road.

The Department of Communities set up a temporary evacuation centre at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre on Mead Street in Byford. 

Restricted access permits were distributed to residents and business owners impacted by the fire in order to allow them to enter designated areas for a specific time and purpose. 

A watch and act alert remained in place for most of yesterday due to the predicted weather conditions. 

The cause of the fire is unknown.