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South Guildford: Great Eastern Highway Bypass closed, FIFO flights cancelled as fire rages near Perth airport

Lauren Price and Peta RasdienThe West Australian
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A bushfire threatening lives and homes near Perth Airport has forced some FIFO flights to be cancelled and the closure of the Great Eastern Highway Bypass.
Camera IconA bushfire threatening lives and homes near Perth Airport has forced some FIFO flights to be cancelled and the closure of the Great Eastern Highway Bypass. Credit: The West Australian

A bushfire threatening lives and homes near Perth Airport has forced some FIFO flights to be cancelled and the closure of the Great Eastern Highway Bypass.

A Watch and Act warning is in place and motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 4.40am, with the bypass closed between Great Eastern Highway and Kalamunda Road in South Guildford soon after.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 4.40am.
Camera IconFirefighters were called to the blaze at 4.40am. Credit: Main Roads WA

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Firefighters remain out on the ground actively fighting the blaze.

Traffic is being rediverted during the fire.
Camera IconTraffic is being rediverted during the fire. Credit: Kelsey Reid/ Kelsey Reid

Strike Force Vulcan officers — which is part of WA Police’s arson squad — were also seen at the scene.

Fire crews on the scene.
Camera IconFire crews on the scene. Credit: Kelsey Reid/ Kelsey Reid

However, it is not yet known if the blaze is being treated as suspicious.

The Great Eastern Highway Bypass near Perth Airport in South Guildford has been closed as fires threaten houses on Friday morning.
Camera IconThe Great Eastern Highway Bypass near Perth Airport in South Guildford has been closed as fires threaten houses on Friday morning. Credit: Kelsey Reid/ Kelsey Reid

A Perth Airport spokesperson on Friday morning said that the major sections of the airport, including Terminal One to Four, have not been evacuated.

“There has been no impact to services operating out of Perth Airport’s Terminals One to Four, however, some services in the General Aviation precinct area which operates primarily FIFO charter services were impacted by staff evacuations and road closures in the precinct,” they said.

“Staff have been cleared to return to the precinct and operations have recommenced.

“A Bushfire Watch and Act remains active for this incident. For further information on this advice please contact DFES.

“The care, safety and security of the public and employees at Perth Airport continues to be our priority.

“Perth Airport continues to work with DFES and Emergency services in the precinct.”

The staff at the precinct started to return to work at about 7.30am, and are working through the backlog of flights, the spokesperson said.

Emergency crews on the scene.
Camera IconEmergency crews on the scene. Credit: Kelsey Reid/ Kelsey Reid

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