Bushfire threat eases north of Perth

WA firefighters brought dangerous blazes in Gnangara and Cataby under control.
WA firefighters brought dangerous blazes in Gnangara and Cataby under control.

A bushfire that was threatening locals at a small community north of Perth was brought under control before sunset in Western Australia.

But hot and windy conditions are expected to increase the risk more fires in parts of the state on Sunday.

A blaze that broke out in Cataby, 170km north of Perth, was one of two for which an emergency warning was issued on Saturday.

The warning level meant people's lives and homes were in danger and they needed to act immediately to survive.

The emergency warning was declared for the Cataby at 2.45pm and the fire was brought under control about 90 minutes later.

The Cataby fire was brought under control about 90 minutes after the emergency warning was declared at 2.45pm and later downgraded to an advice level.

Parts of Gnangara, a suburb in Perth's north, were also dealt an emergency warning at about 12.50pm, which was later downgraded to an advice.

Bushfire risks in WA spiked with extremely hot, dry and windy conditions across the state.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm said the risk posed by high temperatures on Saturday and Sunday was compounded by the risk of "dry lightning" which could spark blazes and strong winds.

"Those strong winds are the reasons the fire danger gets elevated because of the challenges we have controlling fires in these conditions," he told reporters.

The dry conditions are comparable to 2015 when the Waroona-Yarloop fire ripped through the state's southwest, Mr Klemm said.

Two people were killed and more than 69,000 hectares of land was burnt in the blaze, which continued for 17 days.

Mr Klemm said Saturday was labelled a "significant fire day" because it fell outside the normal bushfire period.

He urged people to discuss their fire plan over the weekend and not to take the risk lightly, even in metropolitan areas.

The message was backed by the state's emergency services minister, Fran Logan.

"There will never be enough fire trucks to service every house in Western Australia ... it's just not going to happen," he said.

People should take extra precautions and check the DFES website for warnings, he urged.

Australian Associated Press