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UPDATE: Firefighters battle Karnup fire

UPDATE: 6:40pm

The bushfire in Karnup has been fully extinguished by firefighters.

About 2:20pm, a fire was reported on Amarillo Drive in Karnup.

Multiple fire crews and several water air craft were used to get the blaze under control.

It’s believed the fire was started by a ride on lawnmower hitting wire at the back of a property on Amarillo Road and caused over $4,000 damage.

The blaze was declared out of control and a bushfire Watch and Act Alert was issued to those in the vicinity of Amarillo Road and Karnup.

Main Roads and Police worked to direct traffic as thick smoke covered the Kwinana Freeway.

Crews will continue to monitor the ground in case it re-starts.


The fire has since been contained and is now under control, there is no current threat to lives or homes.

The bushfire in Karnup has been downgraded to an Advice Level by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

Although there is no immediate danger the local public need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes.

What to do:
  • Stay alert and monitor your surroundings.
  • Watch for signs of a bushfire, especially smoke and flames.
  • Close all doors and windows, and turn off evaporative air conditioners but keep water running through the system if possible.
  • Read through your bushfire survival plan.
  • If you do not have a plan decide what you will do if the situation gets worse.
If driving:
  • Be extremely careful when driving through the area.
  • Turn your headlights on and drive slowly.
  • Watch for emergency services personnel and follow their directions.
  • If you cannot see clearly, pull over, keep your headlights and hazard lights on, and wait until the smoke clears.
  • If you have a respiratory condition and you have been affected by smoke you should contact your local doctor or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.
Road closures:

No roads have been closed.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke. There is smoke over the Kwinana Freeway at Paganoni Road, Karnup. Emergency Services are on site and there is reduced visibility in the area.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au.


The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has issued a Watch and Act Alert for residents on Amarillo Drive and surrounding areas in Karnup.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.

You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.

What to do:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.


Firefighters are at the scene of a tree, scrub, grass fire in Karnup.

The blaze was reported about 2:20pm, near Amarillo Drive, just twenty minutes after a car fire in nearby suburb Golden Bay.

It’s believed several hundred square metres of land have been burnt.

Multiple air support aircraft are currently working with firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

Traffic control is currently on scene as thick smoke has covered nearby roads making visibility low, drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Tex Reeks

Freelance video journalist
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