Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fight continues against Gascoyne fire

More than 100 people are still working to contain a bushfire in the state's Gascoyne region.

The fire, which began on New Year's Day, has burnt through almost 325,000 hectares of land next to the North West Coastal Highway, about 40 kilometres north of Carnarvon.

There is a possible threat to lives and homes west of the Kennedy Range National Park, as well as a number of homesteads.

North-east winds are pushing smoke towards Carnarvon and motorists are being urged to take care.

The fire incident controller John Tillman says in places the fire is burning in country that is too rugged for crews to get into.

"We've fallen back to existing roads and breaks," he said.

"Clean those up and allowing the fire to back burn out to those or introducing fire to back burn out large areas that are unburnt so that will continue over the next few days.

"We're hoping to hold it in what we've identified what will be the final perimeter for the fire."

Mr Tillman is hopeful the fire will be contained by the weekend. Read More