WA bushfire destroys buildings as residents evacuate

An out-of-control bushfire has destroyed buildings in Western Australia's north-east. Woorooloo residents evacuated their homes for the second time this year before a ferocious blaze ripped through the area. Hundreds of firefighters and dozens of firefighting appliances — including a large air tanker — are battling the flames. READ MORE: Sydney COVID-19 testing lab incorrectly tells more than 400 positive cases they were negative Emergency WA has issued a range of bushfire warnings and alerts for residents across several areas. It's deja vu for locals still recovering from the fire that destroyed 86 homes in February. Resident Jan Rose described the fires as "really scary stuff". "I think it would be a silly person to say that they didn't feel overwhelmed and worried at this particular time," Ms Rose said. Firefighters are not yet sure whether the structures on fire are homes or sheds but they are doing everything they can to save them. READ MORE: Desmond Tutu, anti-apar..

An out-of-control bushfire has destroyed buildings in Western Australia's north-east.

Woorooloo residents evacuated their homes for the second time this year before a ferocious blaze ripped through the area.

Hundreds of firefighters and dozens of firefighting appliances — including a large air tanker — are battling the flames.

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Buildings are being lost to a bushfire burning out of control in Western Australia's north-east.

Emergency WA has issued a range of bushfire warnings and alerts for residents across several areas.

It's deja vu for locals still recovering from the fire that destroyed 86 homes in February.

Resident Jan Rose described the fires as "really scary stuff".

"I think it would be a silly person to say that they didn't feel overwhelmed and worried at this particular time," Ms Rose said.

Firefighters are not yet sure whether the structures on fire are homes or sheds but they are doing everything they can to save them.

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Another inferno raged just metres from homes last night.

It was 1.30am and 30 degrees in the Perth suburb of Hilbert when bushland burst into flames.

Police say arsonists are behind not one but two bushfires in the area overnight.

Rik Mills from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said both fires had burned through a combined 30 hectares.

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"Both fires are considered suspicious at this time," he said.

As firefighters worked to put out the fires, 10,000 homes across Perth spent Christmas in the dark, with the suburb of Roleystone also cut off from the water supply.

Resident Michelle Stirling's fears her alpacas won't make it through the week, with only a limited water supply on-site.

Western Power insists it is working on reconnecting homes by midnight but is making no promises.

"It's 100 kilometres of network and in some really heavy bush area," Zane Christmas from Western Power said.

"The fire danger index is really high so we need to carefully patrol the network before we switch it on."

As the situation is constantly changing, visit the Emergency WA website for the latest alerts and warnings.

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