Perth bushfire threatens lives

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australian firefighters were battling an out-of-control bushfire in the west coast city of Perth yesterday, as the blaze threatened lives and homes.

People in several southern suburbs were told “to act immediately to survive” as the blaze threatened homes near Oakford about 35 kilometres south of Perth’s city-centre, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said in an emergency warning.

Locals were told to evacuate if the way was clear or take shelter as the fire poured thick smoke over the area.

Aerial images showed at least one shed ablaze as spot fires jumped ahead of the front, with several water-bombing aircraft working to contain the blaze.