03 February 2021

Extreme weather warning: Perth fire

Strong winds and high temperatures are expected to contribute to worsening bushfire conditions in Wooroloo north-east of Perth. An emergency has been declared as the fire has destroyed 71 homes and is now threatening the more densely populated semi-rural suburbs.

The area of the fire is 4 times the size of Rottnest Island, with ember storms igniting new fires up to 400 metres ahead of the fire front. More than 200 firefighters are battling the blaze.

Winds are expected to reach 40 kilometres an hour with gusts of up to 70km/h, and temperatures are anticipated to hit 35 degrees during the day. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued status warnings for the entire region, with the Gascoyne Coast in severe danger and many more areas at very high or high risk.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has advised people to evacuate their properties if they can, even if it means breaking the current COVID 19 lockdown. If you are unable to leave, follow the directions of the authorities to the letter.

We urge everybody affected to act on these alerts and not to delay in protecting their own safety.

We are ready to receive your claims notifications

We strongly advise our clients to make safety their first priority and not to delay evacuating their property while they can do so. 

Gallagher Head of Claims Adam Squire advises that, “We are closely monitoring the situation from a client perspective and have activated the Claims Catastrophe Plan on behalf of our clients."

The 24/7 claims 1800 254 287 hotline will be operating and our insurance providers have been alerted. Alternatively use our online claims report form to log your case with us.

As soon as you are aware of an issue, let us know. We are here to help.

If you require after hours emergency assistance, call 1800 254 287 and select option two.

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