Six fires that started overnight in the southwest – two of which threatened lives and homes – were “deliberately set off,” says the Fire and Rescue Division

DFES says the suspicious fires all started around the same time, just before 6:30 p.m., and were in total in close proximity to each other

The two flames that threatened lives and homes at Yallingup and Injidup are now contained after a rain shower helped firefighters get them under control. More than 100 firefighters have been called in at both locations

The arson has now been called in to investigate the suspicious fires, all of which have been brought under control

As the fires through the giant fire of 11000 ha, dwarfing 86 homes in Perth’s eastern hills this week, the Yallingup fire burned near the tourist attraction of Ngilgi Cave

Just before 930am, the emergency warning for the injidup fire was downgraded to advisory level, while the yallingup fire was downgraded to advisory level earlier this morning

A Yallingup resident in the DFES “Red Zone” area said last night that she could see smoke but had not been asked to evacuate

“I can see a lot of smoke. There are also people who walk frantically, but I haven’t been told what to do – the pub is still full of people,” she said

“People jump in their cars and walk around me. It wasn’t until I saw it on Facebook that I even knew there was a fire. From where I am, it looks big, but it’s also starting to rain, which is good.” is ”

“It has only just started to rain and we can expect 30-50 milliliters of rain to fall overnight in this region,” said a BOM spokesman tonight. The parts list also predicts wind gusts of up to 45 km / h

“We’re going to see some pretty strong east and southeast winds of up to 30-45 km / h for the next 24 hours,” he said

The residents of Yallingup and Injidup were quick to respond with support for those who had to evacuate to safety

A resident went to Facebook to offer her Airbnb to those in need as free accommodation

“Hopefully it will rain in Yallingup, but if someone evacuating needs help, we also have free BNB cabin accommodation with a king room, queen bed and sofa bed We are in Margaret River Pass to take care of you, “read the post

An evacuation center for those affected by the Yallingup fires has been set up at the Geographe Leisure Center

“This week was like no other, he said with the bushfires and the lockdown, storms and now this severe weather warning,” he said

The rain that finally began to fall in the town of Gidgegannup yesterday afternoon – the first rain in the town in about a month, locals say – was a welcome relief as many stood in line for restricted permits to get to their homes to get to see them if they still had one


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