Dozens of homes destroyed in WA fire

Aleisha Orr, James Robertson Nearly 50 homes have been destroyed and four people are missing in bushfires on Perth's eastern fringes.

From the fire zone: Perth Hills bushfires

The day the fire started was the second day in Perth where temperatures exceeded 40 degrees. The cause is still to be determined. Images courtesy of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Stoneville man fought fire with hammer

Scenes of devastation on January 13, 2014 after bushfires in the Shire of Mundaring.

As 20-metre flames surged towards Shaun's home in the Perth hills, he began to think he might have made a terrible decision to stay and defend his property, when everyone in his street had fled.

Perth hills residents to return home after fire

Deadly blaze destroys 50 homes (Thumbnail)

Emergency funding for those who lost their homes in Sunday's Perth Hills firestorm will be distributed today, as the last of the potential danger spots are damped down by firefighters.

Power pole failure led to Perth hills fire that destroyed 55 homes

Power pole house

Aleisha Orr It has been confirmed a private power pole started the Parkerville fire that destroyed 55 homes.

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Principal 'set fire to school to cover up stealing'


Rania Spooner The former principal of a remote West Australian school is standing trial this week accused of destroying school buildings by fire to cover up hundreds of theft and fraud crimes.

Dana Vulin assailant guilty of fire attack

Dana Vulin.

Michael Hopkin A woman has been convicted of intentionally setting another woman on fire at a Rivervale apartment.

Fire attack on Dana Vulin was 'over estranged husband': court

Aleisha Orr A Perth woman has described to a court how she instantly became a "human fireball" in an alleged attack at her Rivervale home that left her with burns of up to 60 per cent of her body.

Woman arrested over cop station fire

Police tape

Police are searching for a woman who threw a suspected petrol bomb, into the Wanneroo Police Station on Wednesday morning.

High rise fire shuts down Hay Street

Aleisha Orr Emergency services personnel attended a high rise structure fire in East Perth this afternoon.

Body found in Sawyers Valley house fire

Police and fire fighters at the scene of a fatal house fire in Sawyers Valley.

Lucy Rickard A body has been found inside a home gutted by fire east of Perth this morning.

Catastrophic fire conditions for WA

Margaret River bushfire

Authorities are warning of catastrophic bushfire conditions for parts of Western Australia this weekend.

Community shocked over school fire

Up in flames... Mount Lawley Primary School gutted by fire.

Aleisha Orr Like many teachers and parents who got the call to tell them Mt Lawley Primary School had been burnt down yesterday morning, Elizabeth Gibb’s first thought was that it was a joke.

Politician vows to use privileges to reveal Toodyay fire payouts

Toodyay bush fire western power

Courtney Trenwith Details of secret compensation payments made to some victims of the Toodyay fire may yet be publicly revealed, with a senior politician preparing to use all political privileges to pressure the...

Vigilante fears hamper fire investigation

Vigilante fear

Aja Styles Fire investigators are anxious to track down the police officer at the centre of an investigation into one of Perth's most devastating bushfires, amid fears for his safety.

WA burns: state braces for more fire threat

Margaret River bushfire

Live coverage, day two, of bushfire drama in Western Australia's South-West.

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Nannup fire out of control, moving quickly east

Lucy Rickard A fire burning out of control near Nannup in the state's South-West has already destroyed more than 12,000 hectares and is encroaching on popular fishing and camping locations.

No more stopovers for WA, NT politicians

Don Randall

Politicians heading to Canberra from Western Australia and the Northern Territory can no longer charge taxpayers for overnight stopovers unless they prove no connecting flight is available.

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WA Premier Colin Barnett beefs up security after shark threats

Colin Barnett

Under-fire West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says nothing will change his mind about the state's controversial catch-and-kill shark policy, despite vociferous public opposition.

State government warns West Australians to prepare for bushfire season

A firefighter watches flames grow after setting a backburn on Highway 190

Robyn Preston The state government has prepared to battle a dangerous bushfire season ahead, now its up to West Australians to take responsibility, warned Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis on Sunday.