Bushfires Rage in Western Australia

Multiple emergency warnings were issued as bushfires rage across parts of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, and the Augusta-Margaret River Shire, in Western Australia.

About 5000ha in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park has been burnt so far, with campers and residents already evacuated.

Perth Now reported that the blaze, which started on Wednesday morning southwest of the Margaret River township, remained at an emergency warning level on Thursday night as more than 150 firefighters battled to control the inferno with the help of aerial support.

WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said the fire was moving fast in multiple directions and was uncontrolled and uncontained.

“The situation in this area is extremely serious. A number of properties are under threat on or about Caves Road,” DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm said urging people in this area to leave early and not wait until the last minute.

Klemm said the fire was traveling fast in a south-westerly direction, and aerial support had been sent to assist ground crews.

“People living on the ocean side of Tilly Road are at risk and need to evacuate now,” Klemm warned.

A WA Emergency warning issued on Thursday evening said, “You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive. There is a threat to lives and homes. People living on the ocean side of Tilly Road are at risk and need to evacuate now.”

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