December 04, 2012 – AUSTRALIA – Authorities say the biggest threat to lives and homes from a bushfire, burning near Bremer Bay on WA’s South Coast, is likely to come tomorrow morning. That is when winds are expected to push the fire, which is three kilometres north of the town, in its direction.
The Department of Environment and Conservation says if the blaze does break its containment lines, firefighters will have no hope of defending properties in the Port Henry subdivision. Incident controller Greg Mair says the fire could move very quickly. “A fire could travel quite rapidly and impact within the hour on the Bremer Bay community,” he said. “That’s the scenario we obviously hope won’t happen but it’s a scenario that we are preparing for.” Mr Mair says the weather conditions are expected to deteriorate tomorrow. “The winds are forecast to be quite strong early in the morning, so as early as between 7:00 am and 9:00 am tomorrow; we can expect quite strong winds from the north-west,” he said. A watch and act remains in place for the town’s 250 residents. About 130 firefighters are battling the blaze which has burned through 11,000 hectares since Thursday.