04 January 2008

Perth Hills bushfire, WA Goldfields update

Dangerous fire weather conditions were observed across much of central and southern WA today, with maximum temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s, low relative humidities (particularly inland) and moderate but gusty winds. AS a result, new bushfires started in the Perth Hills regions while firefighters continued to battle the WA Goldfields fire noted a few days before.

The main highway between Perth and Kalgoorlie has been closed since the tragedy on Sunday, and is expected to remain so for another two days (reopens on Saturday?). The closure has resulted in food and beer shortages in Kalgoorlie. Meanwhile, firefighters continue to brave the harsh conditions to battle the blaze, which has now consumed more than 32 000 ha of Boorabbin National Park.

Bushfires have also started in the Perth suburb of Parkerville, about 25 km WNW of the city. Two homes have been destroyed, two damaged (picture from The West) and 30 others remain under threat. The fire was reported around 1330 this afternoon and has burnt out 650 ha as of this evening.

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