WA authorities warn fire threat is not over

WA authorities warn fire threat is not over

While an emergency bushfire warning has been downgraded in Western Australia’s south west, authorities are still advising people a danger remains and the bushfire is not controlled.

More than 71,000 hectares have been burnt, including 128 homes and 143 properties all up in the Waroona, Harvey and Yarloop areas.

But conditions overnight have allowed firefighters to contain the blaze, although it has not been controlled.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services  is saying it is not safe for people in Preston Beach to leave due to debris across the road and is urging people to avoid all non-essential travel.

Two community meetings will be held later this afternoon to update residents on the current situation.

Meanwhile, residents who remain are being told power outages may occur for a number of days.

“Western Power has advised that there are electricity interruptions as a result of the bushfire,” the DFES said in its latest update.

“Customers without power are encouraged to make alternative plans on the basis that power is not likely to be restored until the coming days.”

Crews, which have flown in from NSW, are also expected to assist the DFES today.

To stay up to date with the latest information visit the DFES website http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/alerts

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