Up to 200 recycled cars are on fire at a steel factory in Perth’s east…
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services had warned that the blaze, near the intersection of Roe Highway and Tonkin Highway, was burning out of control at one stage.
It created a large plume of smoke that impacted the suburb of Wattle Grove, including Sheffield Park Estate and the industrial area south-west of Welshpool, the DFES said.
People in the area had to remain inside with doors and windows closed as a precautionary measure and to turn off air conditioners.
Motorists were also asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and be aware that some roads were closed.
The Department of Environment and Conservation’s pollution response unit analysed the smoke plume and says it was not toxic.
However, it is an irritant, particularly for those who have respiratory conditions, the DEC said.
DFES liaised with the Department for Child Protection and police regarding potential evacuations of people in affected areas.
An evacuation centre was set up at the High Wycombe Recreation Centre.
The fire was reported at 9.30am.