Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bushfire in Western Australia destroyed 20 homes, forced large evacuation from Prevelly town

PERTH, Australia (Nov. 24) – An uncontrolled wildfire ruined more than 20 homes in the town of Prevelly, about 280 km (175 miles) south of Perth, Western Australia.

Bushfire in Western Australia destroyed 20 homes
The heavy winds picked up the small fire at Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park near the Margaret River wine region; which ultimately gone uncontrolled and did a huge damage.

Several hundred residents of Prevelly town had to stay away from homes Wednesday night in an evacuation shelter or a nearby beach after the fire hit their town.

The wildfire was mostly controlled by more than 100 firefighters assisted by aerial water bombers; but the even heavier winds of 50km/h (38 mph) are predicted in the area later on Thursday which could reignite the disaster, officials said.

The fire burned through about 1,800 hectares of forest and farms; while aerial images of the area showing a number of houses totally damaged.

Schools and roads in the area have been shut down until the fire would be controlled fully.

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