Bushfire still threatening homes in WA

Bushfire in Western Australia’s Margaret River region has destroyed 34 houses and still continues to threaten surrounding properties.

Several residents and tourists have evacuated areas that are threatened by the fire and emergency warning remains for residents south and west of the Margaret River Township.

Around 150 firefighters struggled to contain the blaze overnight. Light rain forecast for today will hopefully help contain the blaze fully.

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) said that 25 houses and nine chalets were lost to the bushfire in the last two days.

Properties at Prevelly, Gnarabup and Redgate have been burnt or damaged. The historic Wallcliffe House has been burnt through.

The fire started and spread out of control on Wednesday from a controlled DEC burning.

An emergency relocation centre has been opened at the Margaret River Cultural Centre, where dozens of evacuated people rested during the night.

Roads around the fire zone remain closed and will not reopen until deemed safe by authorities.

According to the DEC, the bushfire has affected approximately 2865 hectares.

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett defended the prescribed burning system. However, an inquiry will be held into the Margaret River fire.