- Historic town devastated by bushfire
- Blaze spreading to other areas
- Flames fanned by 60km gusts of wind
- Scroll down to see aerial shots of damage
What is happening?
It is feared a bushfire that has destroyed a small town in Western Australia may be spreading to other areas.
Almost 100 houses and municipal buildings have been burned to the ground in Yarloop, south of Perth.
At least four firefighters have been injured.
Three people reported missing have been found safe and well.
dfes_wa</a> Commissioner Wayne Gregson with an update on bushfires <a href="https://t.co/vvs9JHUK7v">https://t.co/vvs9JHUK7v</a> <a href="https://t.co/sokA8qopKT">pic.twitter.com/sokA8qopKT</a></p>— 720 ABC Perth (720perth) January 8, 2016
Wayne Gregson is the Western Australia State Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner:
“The fire continues to be uncontained and out of control. Last night (Thursday), as you are aware, there was a significant impact on Yarloop. It appears that we have lost around 95 houses and a number of structures within the town site including some of the historical buildings, the workshops, some factories”
The fires now stretch across 58,000 hectares. Emergency warnings are in place for nearby towns.
The fire generates its own weather system
WA fire: Yarloop blaze creates own weather system, causing further grief for WA firefighters https://t.co/CoBcfHQ93h via— Stella Lee (@Purfylle) January 8, 2016
What about the residents?
Evacuees from #Yarloop arrive at Pinjarra centre after terrifying night on sport oval after home lost
abcnewsPerth</a> <a href="https://t.co/86u6n41FqW">pic.twitter.com/86u6n41FqW</a></p>— Laura Gartry (LGartry) January 8, 2016
Kath King's husband John was missing all night in Yarloop fire. He arrived at friend's house this morn
abcnewsPerth</a> <a href="https://t.co/yVNCPFIyd4">pic.twitter.com/yVNCPFIyd4</a></p>— RoxanneTaylor (Roxanne_Taylor) January 8, 2016
Two #Yarloop residents embrace after running into each other at Pinjarra evac centre, both lost homes
abcnewsPerth</a> <a href="https://t.co/xE4cWqBZV2">pic.twitter.com/xE4cWqBZV2</a></p>— Laura Gartry (LGartry) January 8, 2016
Many Yarloop residents like Ada Farmer have been told their homes may have been destroyed.
“I’ve heard this morning that just about everything is gone in Yarloop, even our home and my neighbour’s and most of our communities, it’s all gone.”
In pictures – the Waroona fire
ABC News Perth (@abcnewsPerth) January 8, 2016
ABC News (@abcnews) January 8, 2016