During the months of January and February 2021, major bushfires in Western Australia have burned over 11,000 hectares, and have completely destroyed over 71 houses and properties.
Currently the fire has a perimeter of over 110 kilometres and is one of the worst recorded in recent years. Hundreds of residents from over approximately 48,000 hectares have been evacuated to emergency shelters, as the fires have now continued to surge.
Efforts have been hampered by strong winds, further exacerbated by the lockdown in Perth due to a recent COVID community transmission.
Emergency services personnel from the Fire and Emergency Service (DFES), Department of Parks and Wildlife, and State Emergency Service and Salvation Army Emergency Service (SAES) bravely endeavoured to control the bushfires.
BAPS Charities and its volunteers have mobilised to coordinate food and transportation to displaced community members, as well as serving over 1,000 hot vegetarian meals to the fire fighters, frontline workers and supporting volunteers.