Perth air thick with Denmark smoke
Perth city was this morning muted by smoke from a fire in Denmark. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

A fire burning near Denmark since Friday has sent a blanket of smoke across the southern half of WA and hampering visibility in Perth.

The fire is being treated as suspicious.

The bushfire started in near Powley Road in Mt Roe National Park, approximately 28km north-west of Denmark, on Friday. It is still uncontained and there remains a risk to life and property.

About 100 firefighters, 36 appliances and six heavy machines are working to bring the blaze under control.

Plumes of smoke from the fire in Mt Roe National Park. Picture: Geoffrey Thomas

About 50 non-firefighting personnel are also working in support roles to assist with fire operations.

Four water bombing aircraft are also on standby in Denmark.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire to existing tracks and private property boundaries within the Clear Hills and Amarillup forest blocks in Mount Roe National Park.

Backburning will continue throughout the day and into the evening.

At 8am today, the Department of Parks and Wildlife reported the fire as moving north-westerly at a moderate speed. The uncontrolled blaze has burnt through 13,300 hectares.

A bushfire watch and act warning is in place for people in the western part of the Shire of Plantagenet, east of Clear Hills Road, south of Muir Highway and west of Pile and Springs roads.

There remains a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire in the area is still burning and conditions are changing.

Burning embers are likely to be blown around neighbouring properties and bushland.

Satellite image of smoke from a suspicious fire near Denmark, covering the south-west corner of WA. Picture: NASA Worldview

Homes and private property in the areas east of Clear Hills Road, south of Muir Highway and west of Pile and Springs roads may be threatened by the fire.

Winds are expected to stay in the south-east during the day.

Firefighters and appliances from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Shire of Plantagenet and Shire of Denmark, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, private plantation companies and contractors are working to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire to existing tracks and private property boundaries within the Clear Hills and Amarillup forest blocks in Mount Roe National Park.

Backburning will continue throughout the day and into the evening.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area south of Muir Highway between Pile Road and Perillup Road and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working in the area.

Watershed Road, Granite Road, Amarillup Road, Clear Hills Road and the western end of Blue Lake Road are closed. The Blue Lake recreational area is also closed.

Smoke hampered visibility in Perth this morning. Picture: Melanie Coram

Smoke covers Perth

Significant smoke will affect the western part of the Shire of Plantagenet, including Rocky Gully and Frankland townsite. Smoke may affect Muir Highway during the day.

The smoke covering the southern half of WA is expected to clear tomorrow morning.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife recommends that residents close doors and windows and turn off air-conditioners if the smoke is particularly thick.

People with asthma and pre-existing respiratory, cardiovascular illnesses or diabetes should follow their pre-prepared treatment plan.

Smoke may reduce visibility on some roads and motorists should take care, turn on headlights and travel at appropriate speeds when travelling in these areas.

People with conditions exacerbated by smoke should take precautions in line with their medical advice for these circumstances.


Fitzroy Crossing fire advice

A bushfire advice has been issued for people in the eastern part of Fitzroy Crossing in Shire of Derby West Kimberly.

There is no threat to lives or homes but there is a lot of smoke in the area.

The fire started on the Great Eastern Highway, 15km east of Fitzroy Crossing. The cause of the fire is an accidental truck fire

More information on prescribed burns can be found at www.dpaw.wa.gov.au.

The West Australian

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