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200 homes saved during Perth bushfire

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Firefighters have saved up to 200 homes as they battled a massive bushfire south of Perth on Monday.

A public meeting in the southern suburbs of Banjup, Aubin Grove and Atwell in the City of Cockburn and Forrestdale was told hundreds of properties were saved from the blaze which began on Monday.

Six properties were partially damaged by the fire, which began just after noon and burned through nearly 500 hectares.

It is understood a number of horses may have perished in the flames.

Nearly 40 power poles were also damaged in the fire and will need to be replaced, leaving more than 120 homes without power.

The fire is contained and under controlled, and no longer moving – but firefighters are braced for flare-ups, with temperatures and winds rising in Perth.

In praising the firefighters for their efforts, emergency services minister Joe Francis said suggestions the fire may have been deliberately lit were horrifying.

More than 120 career and volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Service and Department of Parks and Wildlife firefighters in 60 appliances were still on the scene on Tuesday morning.

Urban Search and Rescue Damage Assessment Teams are also present, with State Emergency Service, WA Police, Local Government and St Johns Ambulance and the Department of Child Protection and Family Support also offering support.

An aerial intelligence helicopter has also conducted surveillance of the fire ground on Tuesday morning, with video footage shown to residents.