Firefighters continue to battle Glen Iris blaze | video, photos

THURSDAY, 3.30pm: An all clear status has been given to the bushfire that has had dozens of firefighters working tirelessly in Glen Iris since Tuesday afternoon.

The fire has been extinguished but residents have been advised to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible and drive slowly with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

Firefighters will continue patrolling the area.

WEDNESDAY, 5:10pm: The Department of Fire and Emergency Services are asking members of the public to avoid the area where the bushfire is burning in their latest update on the Glen Iris bushfire.

A bushfire watch and act remains for people in an area bounded by Vittoria Road, Jeffrey Road, Woodley Road and east to Willenge Drive.

South Western Highway is now reopened however, Willenge Drive is still closed. 

The bushfire is stationary within containment line however, it is not under control. There are 64 career and volunteer firefighters from Capel, Dardanup and Harvey on the scene battling the blaze consolidating containment lines as well as mopping up and patrolling the area. 

The fire started on the eastern side of Ince Road and is burning slowly in a southerly direction towards South Western Highway. There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.

Residents in the area need to leave or get ready to actively defend. Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

What to do

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible. 
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires. 
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

A bushfire advice has also been issued for the remaining parts of Glen Iris, south of Woodley Road to South Western Highway and north of Jeffrey Road to Australind Bypass.

Although there is no immediate danger for people in these areas they need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WEDNESDAY, 4:00pm: Bunbury Mail photographer Ashley Pearce has explained what it was like at the scene of the bushfire this morning as he was capturing photos and videos of the blaze.

“I was one of the first on the scene and at first the fire crews seemed quite calm and the fire looked quite small,” Mr Pearce said.

“But then it took off.

“In the space of about 10 minutes the smoke was thick in the sky and it was marching towards Picton Primary School.”

Mr Pearce’s photographs show the fire came within 50 metres of the playground of the school which has been open since 1890.

Read his full account here.

One of Ashley Pearce's photos of the Glen Iris bushfire.

One of Ashley Pearce's photos of the Glen Iris bushfire.

WEDNESDAY, 3:35pm: The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has issued another update, with changes to the warning areas for the Glen Iris bushfire.

A bushfire watch and act is in place for people in an area bounded by Vittoria Road, Jeffrey Road, Woodley Road and east to Willenge Drive.

The fire started on the eastern side of Ince Road and is burning slowly in a southerly direction towards South Western Highway. There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.

There are 64 career and volunteer firefighters from Capel, Dardanup and Harvey on the scene battling the blaze consolidating containment lines as well as mopping up and patrolling the area. Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews. 

The fire is contained but not under control and firefighters are expecting the wind to shift to south westerly at 4pm.

A number of roads have been closed including South Western Highway near Boyunup Picton Road and Willinge Drive.

Residents in the area need to leave or get ready to actively defend. Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home.

What to do

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible. 
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires. 
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

A bushfire advice has also been issued for the remaining parts of Glen Iris, south of Woodley Road to South Western Highway and north of Jeffrey Road to Australind Bypass.

Although there is no immediate danger for people in these areas they need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

WEDNESDAY, 2.45pm: Bunbury Mail photographer Ashley Pearce has been at the scene of the bushfire today and has captured some incredible photos and video of the blaze.

Check out his photos in our gallery above or watch the video footage below.

WEDNESDAY, 2pm: A bushfire watch and act remains for people in the eastern part of Glen Iris, bounded by the Australind Bypass, Willinge Drive, South Western Highway and Vittoria Road, in the City of Bunbury.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.

You need to leave or get ready to actively defend. 

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible. 

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected.

If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires. 

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

WEDNESDAY, 12PM: Glen Iris residents should prepare to leave or actively defend their homes as a bushfire burns near Picton Primary School. 

The alert applies to people living in the eastern part of Glen Iris in an area bounded by Jeffrey Road, Willinge Drive, Vittoria Road and South Western Highway.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.

The fire started on the eastern side of Ince Road. It is burning towards South Western Highway.

The bushfire is moving slowly in a southerly direction and is contained but not under control.

Thirty five career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Volunteer Fire Service firefighters from Capel, Dardanup and Harvey are on the scene and are strengthening containment lines. 

Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.

Firefighters are expecting the wind to shift from north easterly to south westerly at 4pm.  

The department of fire and emergency services has advised that if you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible. 

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now. 

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site. 

South Western Highway near Boyanup Picton Road and Willinge Drive have been closed to traffic. 

The fire was reported at 4.19pm yesterday and the cause is unknown.

People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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TUESDAY 6PM UPDATE: The alert level for the blaze has now been downgraded as the fire is now contained.

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

Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The fire started on the eastern side of Ince Road. It has been burning towards Jubilee Road.

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A BUSHFIRE "watch and act" alert has been issued for people in the eastern part of Glen Iris, bounded by the Australind Bypass, Willinge Drive, South Western Highway and Vittoria Road. 

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

You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

The fire started on the eastern side of Ince Road. It is burning towards Jubilee Road. 

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

The bushfire is moving in a north easterly direction.

It is contained but not under control. 

Burning embers are likely to be blown around your home. 

WHAT TO DO:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

There is ember attack ahead of the fire, so close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible. 

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

Do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. If you have access to a water tank and plan to defend your home, start patrolling with your hose and put out spot fires. 

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

SAFER PLACE:

Your safest option may be to visit family or friends who live away from the area.

ROAD CLOSURES:

Some roads may be closed.

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and other emergency services personnel working on site

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

Firefighters are on the scene.

Aerial support is assisting ground crews.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

The fire was reported at 4.19pm today. 

The cause of the fire is unknown.

People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter @dfes_wa, listen to ABC local radio, 6PR or news bulletins.

Updates will be provided every two hours unless the situation changes.

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