A trifecta of terrible conditions
It’s been a shocking couple of days in Perth, with a big bushfire destroying at least 10 homes and injuring several firefighters in the city’s northern suburbs. Hundreds of properties are still without power, and residents have been on alert to evacuate – one Wanneroo resident said the embers were coming at him like “red bullets”, so you can understand why officials want people out. The state’s Fire Commissioner Darren Klemm reckons it will take several days to bring that fire under control – and on top of that, 65 other fires are burning across the state. Deputy Premier Rita Saffioti says the forecast for temps pushing 40C over the next few days is “unforgiving” and that the government is considering asking firies from other states to come to help. They are also opening up a COVID quarantine facility that was never used to help with emergency accommodation.
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