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Residents in Woodridge, Guilderton told to evacuate as out-of-control bushfire moves north

As temperatures soar to more than 40C for the fourth day in a row, hundreds of volunteer and career firefighters continue to battle a raging blaze north of Perth.

An emergency warning remains in place for Guilderton, Woodridge, Gabbadah, Wilbinga, Caraban, Seabird, Yeal, Redfield Park, Sovereign Hill, Seatrees and Breakwater estates and parts of Beermullah, Muckenburra, Wanerie, Two Rocks, Neergabby and Yanchep.

Residents in the alert area are advised to leave if the way is clear.

Residents in the alert area are advised to leave if the way is clear.Credit:Marta Pascual Juanola

Residents in Guilderton and Woodridge should leave now in an easterly direction towards Indian Ocean Drive and use Gingin Brook Road to travel towards Gingin, as the fire is approaching the area.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Granville Civic Centre, Weld Street, Gingin.

It is now safe to leave for people in Seatrees and Breakwater Estates in a westerly direction towards Two Rocks, and then leave south along Two Rocks Road and Marmion Avenue.

People to the north of Woodridge and Guilderton are advised to leave in a northerly direction along Indian Ocean Drive and then travel east along KW Road.

The out-of-control bushfire is moving slowly in a northerly direction.

Firefighters are expecting the wind to change from southeasterly to easterly during the morning, putting homes in Guilderton at risk.

A number of roads remain closed:

The safest place:

Residents in Guilderton and Woodridge have been told to evacuate.

Residents in Guilderton and Woodridge have been told to evacuate. Credit:Emergency WA

Place of last resort:

The blaze started just after 2.15pm on Wednesday and it has since burned through nearly 12,000 hectares of land, putting more than 6000 homes at risk.

Firefighting crews have conducted a number of controlled hazard reduction burns south of Woodridge overnight in a bid to prevent the fire from spreading.

Approximately 400 career and volunteer firefighters are actively battling the blaze, protecting assets and strengthening containment lines.

Western Power crews are also on the ground repairing six remaining damaged power poles in the Yanchep area.

In the last 24 hours, teams have replaced 27 power poles and more than five kilometres of powerlines in a bid to reconnect affected residents.

With more than a hundred powerlines estimated to have been damaged during the blaze, work to restore power in affected areas around Two Rocks is expected to commence soon.

"Our thoughts are with those families that are currently displaced by the fire emergency and without power because of damage to the network," Western Power spokesman Paul Entwistle said.

"We are doing everything in our power to make sure that when it is safe to do so we can repair the damage and restore power to these customers."

Water Corporation teams are working to maintain the water supply in Woodridge, however, people in the area could experience an outage of scheme water on Sunday morning.

Hundreds of volunteer and career firefighters are battling the blaze.

Hundreds of volunteer and career firefighters are battling the blaze. Credit:Marta Pascual Juanola

Restricted Access Permits: 

Permits are temporarily available for Seatrees Estate, north of Breakwater Drive.

A restricted access permit-issuing unit has been established at Gumblossom Community Centre, at 17 Tapping Way, Quinns Rocks. Permits allow access for one hour, plus 40 minutes of travel time. Permits will be issued until 7pm today.

Community meetings will be held today at:

Get information on road closures from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting their website.

If you have fire pictures, videos or stories for our reporters, please email us at news@watoday.com.au.

We encourage you to look out for your neighbours during the heatwave, particularly older people and those with existing health conditions living on their own.

Pets should be kept in a cool area with plenty of water.

For more advice on coping with extreme heat, visit the Department of Health website.

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