Monster Bushfire Destroys Town in W. Australia
Posted by feww on January 8, 2016
States of Emergency Declared in W. Australia as Massive Bushfire Intensifies
The so-called Waroona fire has razed the historic town of Yarloop, consumed about 55,000 hectares and is threatening more towns south of Perth, including the dairy and beef town of Harvey, after breaching containment lines.
At least three people from Yarloop are unaccounted for and about 100 homes have been razed after a massive bushfire ripped through the WA town.
States of Emergency have been declared for shires of Harvey and Waroona, and surrounding areas including Preston Beach, and mass evacuations have been initiated.
Conditions have been “extremely difficult”, with the blaze unpredictable and fanned by heavy wind gusts, WA Fire and Emergency Services commissioner Wayne Gregson said.
“I believe we’ve had what I would suggest [are] catastrophic losses within Yarloop,” he said.
“These are, as yet, to be definitively confirmed figures, but it appears that we’ve lost around 95 houses, a number of structures within the town site including some of the historical buildings, the workshops, some factories, and an impact at 70 per cent on the demountable component of the local school,” he said.
“Also losses to post offices, adjacent stores and our own fire station infrastructure.
“Sadly we have three people unaccounted for from Yarloop. We are making inquiries … at the moment.”
A spot fire burns in Cookernup after ash from the Waroona bushfire was blown into the area. Audience submitted to ABC.NET.AU.: Tyler Ross-Clarke. More images…
Fanned by gusty winds exceeding 60km/h and 40 degree temperatures, the fire intensified overnight, and windy conditions are said to persist today.