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Relief for residents after Perth bushfire

AAP logoAAP 8/01/2017 Angie Raphael

Darren Marshall was fleeing his home on Perth's outskirts with his family when he saw a bushfire coming over the hill and thought he might return later to a burnt house.

"By the time we drove out the driveway, the flames were coming up over the top of the hill and the trucks were flying up the streets," he told AAP on Monday.

"The firefighters did a fantastic job. I didn't expect the house to be untouched.

"The way the fire was coming over the hill, I thought maybe it wouldn't burn the whole place down, but definitely the flames would tarnish the walls and the gutters and all the roof timber."

The large fire that started on Sunday evening burnt land around Mr Marshall's property in Perth's outer northeast but stopped on the edge of a small wall in his backyard thanks to the efforts of fire crews.

The cause of the fire that has so far burnt 122 hectares in very hot conditions is still being investigated.

"We weren't here to see what the fire crews were doing, but when we got back at 4.30am there was still a crew there in the driveway and they had hoses out," he said.

Mr Marshall had left hours earlier with his wife and two sons, aged 16 and 18, and went to stay with relatives but he returned later to find spot fires around his home.

"Me and my oldest son just had the hoses out, putting out the little spot fires probably until 9am," he said.

Mr Marshall says he is lucky to only be dealing with minor smoke and ash damage.

Karrie Loudon chose to stay and defend her property, aware the flames were headed her way, but also knowing the grass around her steel shed home was not dense.

She told AAP she never thought about evacuating the home she and her partner built and moved into in late 2015.

She took photos showing the fire burning within metres of her house.

The couple live with their five dogs and six horses, and she said the only damage was to some horse feed.

"If that's all that's come out of it then that's pretty good," she said.

Incident controller Craig Garrett said the blaze, which started in bushland adjacent to Bells Rapids at 8pm on Sunday, was contained but not controlled on Monday afternoon.

A watch and act alert remains in place for parts of Upper Swan and Brigadoon, which was downgraded from an emergency warning due to better conditions.

The hot conditions and mid-30s temperatures were expected to continue fon Tuesday and Wednesday

Mr Garrett said there had been little structural damage, except for some fencing, but crews would investigate over the next few days.

"As far as damage to infrastructure or major damage, we've been very lucky," he told reporters.

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