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.
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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.