Corrigin fire: Hospital evacuated and dozens told to flee their homes as bushfires rage near town
A hospital has been evacuated in a town southeast of Perth and residents have been urged to leave as a bushfire threatens their homes.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued an emergency warning for Corrigin on Tuesday afternoon after the fire intensified.
People in the danger zone were asked to move to a safer location or, if they could not, to prepare to shelter at home.
Staff and patients have been evacuated from Corrigin Health Service and the facility will remain closed until further notice, the department said.
“Everyone is safe and well and we are in the process of contacting affected families,” a statement said.
People needing medical assistance were advised to call triple zero or go to the Narembeen health service, about 70km away.
The Emergency Alert Area is bounded by a number of roads including Brookton-Corrigin, Dry Well, Heal, Bruce Rock-Corrigin, Corrigin-Kondinin, Dilling and Rabbit Proof Fence Road.
Residents in the eastern areas of Corrigin were issued a “watch and act” alert and were also advised to leave if they were not prepared to defend their homes.
The department said the fire started at the intersection of Brookton-Corrigin and Jose roads.