A theme park and ice skating arena were forced to close yesterday as a bushfire in Perth’s south came dangerously close to both properties.
Adventure World and the Cockburn Ice Arena in Bira Lake were evacuated on Tuesday after a bushfire was reported approaching the park’s boundary, according to The Australian.
Footage posted to 7 News Perth‘s Twitter account shows families hurrying towards the designated emergency meeting point and smoke can be seen approaching in the background.
— 7NEWS Perth (@7NewsPerth) January 12, 2021
Adventure World posted to its Facebook page advising it had reopened later in the afternoon and would be opening as normal today after the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) managed to get the fire under control.
“Just confirming that Adventure World continues to be open until 6pm today and will open again tomorrow from 10am as scheduled,” the post read.
Cockburn Ice Arena also posted to its Facebook page confirming it had to close due to the bushfire, but that it would be open today.
“Hi all. We had a close call today, and want to thank everybody for evacuating the building and car park so quickly and calmly!” the company said yesterday.
“We will not be open tonight, but the incident control team has given us the green light to reopen tomorrow. Thanks again for your patience, understanding, and swift action today!”
Emergency WA has since downgraded the bushfire threat to the area to “all clear”; however, it advises that people in the area should remain vigilant and drive slowly due to high levels of smoke.
Featured image source: Facebook/Adventure World