Perth: Wildfire threatens Australia’s city locked-down

As the city remains in a coronavirus lockout, a bushfire raging outside the Western Australian city of Perth has compelled local residents to evacuate.

The wildfire, whipped up by powerful winds, had doubled in size overnight to a fire front of 75 km (46 miles), officials said. It’s estimated that at least 30 homes were destroyed.

Even if it means breaking the lockdown, people have been advised to evacuate to safety.

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“Right now WA is battling two different kinds of emergencies – a dangerous fire emergency and a Covid-19 lockdown emergency,” said Mark McGowan.

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He urged, however, the majority of the citizens of the state capital – not in the way of the fire – to stay in their homes to minimize the chance of spreading the virus.

It is a very low risk by worldwide standards, as the city has reported only one local event. But on Sunday, the city of two million people entered a snap five-day lockdown after that outbreak – the first local infection in 10 months in Western Australia – was discovered.

“It is going to be an extremely challenging day for everyone involved. Please do everything you can to keep you and your family safe and look after each other,” said Mr McGowan.

Source: BBC News