Red Gully Bushfire north of Perth forces evacuations in Western Australia

It is spreading toward Lancelin on the coast

map bushfire western australia
The icons on the map represent heat detected at the Red Gully Bushfire by a satellite at 2:10 a.m. AWT January 6, 2021.

A large bushfire has forced some residents in Western Australia to leave their homes. The Red Gully Bushfire has been burning since January 2 between the Gingin and Dandaragan areas about 100 km. north of Perth. The blaze stretches from Regans Ford west toward Lancelin and is burning toward Indian Ocean Drive.

Emergency WA issued the following warning at 7:44 a.m. AWT January 6, 2021:

Bushfire Emergency Warning – in or near OCEAN FARMS ESTATE, SEAVIEW PARK and surrounding areas bounded by Brand Highway to the east, Nammegarra Road to the north, the northern end of Mimegarra Road, Meadows Road, the coast to the west, Sappers Road to the south, Indian Ocean Drive, K.W. Road, Sappers Road, Cowalla Road and east to Brand Highway at the Orange Springs Road intersection across the northern edge of Moore River National Park in parts of REGANS FORD, COWALLA, MOORE RIVER NATIONAL PARK, NILGEN, MIMEGARRA, WEDGE ISLAND, KARAKIN, ORANGE SPRINGS and LANCELIN in the SHIRES OF GINGIN and DANDARAGAN

The fire has burned more than 2,000 ha (4,900 acres) and has been spreading to the west or west-northwest at about three kilometers per hour.

Two of Coulson’s C-130 air tankers that are on contract in Australia are now positioned in Western Australia.

Coulson C-130 air tankers
Coulson C-130 air tankers, 131 and 132. (They have different numbers in Australia) Coulson photo.

Red Gully Fire

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.