Thursday, November 24, 2011

Fierce bushfire razes homes near Margaret River, Australia - 24th Nov 2011

The devastating Margaret River fire is getting worse as strong winds and searing heat make conditions extremely difficult for firefighters with the blaze racing in a south-westerly direction.

Historic Wallcliffe House is among several properties destroyed by the blaze, and the Mirabeena retirement village has been evacuated. Margaret River Hospital remains open and the Emergency Department is operating as normal. Yesterday five patients were discharged and two patients were transferred from the hospital as a precaution.

Hundreds of people flocked to the town's recreation centre at 3pm for an update and gasped as they heard the news that Prevelly was threatened.

Department of Conservation and Environment incident controller Roger Armstrong confirmed several homes and a shopping centre in Prevelly were on fire and he expected further serious damage.

He urged residents south of the coastal hamlet to begin evacuation and take no chances with their safety.

People taking refuge on the beach at Gnarabup and Prevelly are being moved by Augusta volunteer marine rescue.

Nobody has been reported missing or injured so far. Read More