UPDATE: Yakamia bushfire upgraded to emergency status

Staff reportersAlbany Advertiser
Smoke near Yakamia homes.
Camera IconSmoke near Yakamia homes. Credit: Jessica Cuthbert

Emergency services are warning some Yakamia residents to flee homes with pets and valuables as uncontrolled flames approach the suburb’s north-east.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">01:58 PM -Bushfire EMERGENCY WARNING for the northern part of YAKAMIA in CITY OF ALBANY: <a href="https://t.co/ZSEIQCTb4B">https://t.co/ZSEIQCTb4B</a></p>&mdash; DFES (@dfes_wa) <a href="https://twitter.com/dfes_wa/status/1095562976411627520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 13, 2019</a></blockquote>

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A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for people on Hudson Road, Galle Road, Teatree Way, Grevillea Way, Agonis Gardens and Range Road in the northern part of Yakamia.

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Emergency services warned residents are in danger and need to act immediately to survive.

There is a threat to lives and homes.

The alert level for this fire has been upgraded as the fire may impact homes.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services released the emergency warning at 1.58pm today.

The bushfire is believed to have begun around 12.30pm near Wicket Park, and was earlier reported as moving in a northeast direction.

It is not yet known if the fire was deliberately lit, and it remains out of control and unpredictable.

A bushfire emergency warning has been issued for the area in red.
Camera IconA bushfire emergency warning has been issued for the area in red.

Fire trucks and water bombers are at the scene.

DFES warned residents to not attempt to return to homes, and for people currently in the area to close doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners.

It is the third bushfire in Albany in a fortnight.

Albany detectives are investigating two separate scrub fires this month in Mt Melville and Kalgan.

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