Fire fighters are trying hard to control a bushfire that has damaged at least 20 homes in Western Australian Margaret River region. As per the authorities, the fire broke out from a controlled burn in national park on Wednesday.
The bushfire engulfed 1800 hectares and has led to many people evacuating their homes.
At least 200 fire fighters are expected to battle the fire. According to one spokesman for the Department of Environment and Conservation, it’s too early to put an exact figure on the number of homes lost.
An emergency warning was issued for people in the Kilcarnup, Prevelly and Wilderness areas, as well as the area north of Wallcliffe Rd and east of Caves Rd in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.
Motorists were told to avoid the area, and school leavers planning to head for the bushfire-affected areas were urged to stay away.
WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan declared an ‘emergency situation’ to give fire fighters greater powers on the ground.
“What that means is fire fighters will have a lot more power than they would normally, have, which means they will have the power to force residents to leave their homes, move onto properties and push over sheds,” he said.
School leavers planning to head to the South-West to ring were also warned and asked to check if their accommodation had been affected.