By Marta Pascual Juanola and Hannah Barry
November 9, 2019 — 12.36pm
Homes have been damaged after an out of control bushfire tore through the Gnangara area on Saturday afternoon.
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Two people were taken by ambulance from the Lakelands Leisure Village retirement home just after 1pm to the Joondalup Health Campus as firefighters battled the blaze.
A witness at the scene said residents from the nearby retirement village had been evacuated to the Lakeside Country Club golf course.
She said some had experienced health issues and were being looked after by authorities.
The hospitalisations come after emergency services warned residents still in the area to evacuate as firefighters from Wanneroo and surrounding suburbs are battle the blaze.
Police said a number of properties had been impacted by the fire but it is unclear to what extent.
The fire was first reported at 11.40am at the intersection of Sydney Road.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has since issued downgraded an emergency warning for an area bounded by Lake Gnangara, Sydney Road, Tuscan Way, Colonial Circle, Lakelands Drive, Badgerup Road and Lake Gnangara to an advice alert just after 1.30pm.
“The alert level for this fire has been downgraded as the fire is now contained and under control,” it read.
“There is no threat to lives or homes. 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 blaze has burned through 15 acres and is moving south south easterly direction.
It is controlled and contained, and firefighters are expecting the wind to change from north westerly.
Sydney Road has been closed off to the public as upwards of 30 firefighting appliances from Malaga, Wangarra, Wanneroo and Quinns Rocks work to control the blaze, which has extended to a marque in one of the properties.
A helitank and aerial support has also been requested to protect properties in the area.
A control point was set up on 367 Sydney Road, and a welfare centre has been set up at Wanneroo Recreation Centre for residents within the warning area who cannot return home.
WA police, Western Power and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction attended.
The Gnangara area affected by the fire is home to a number of market gardens, a retirement home, a country club and strawberry farms.
What to do:
- Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
- Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
- Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
- Read through your bushfire survival plan.
- If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
- Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
- Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
- Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
- If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
- If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
A number of roads have been closed including Sydney Road, Stoney Road, Gnangara Road, Joyce Road, Pine Crest Way, Colonial Circle and Lakelands Drive and firefighters are still actively fighting the blaze.
Marta Pascual Juanola
Marta is an award-winning photographer and journalist with a focus on social justice issues.
Hannah Barry is a journalist for WAtoday.