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Massive Blaze in Western Australia’s Northern Wheatbelt – March 3rd, 2010

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March 3rd, 2010 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Australia - March 1st, 2010

Australia - March 1st, 2010

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Residents in Western Australia’s northern wheatbelt have been told to watch for signs of fire as a blaze continues to burn out of control.

Thirty firefighters have worked overnight to consolidate existing firebreaks and 15 fire trucks are in the area, while five water bombers and a helicopter will return at first light on Wednesday if needed.

The bushfire, which started on Saturday, is moving slowly in a northerly direction from the Junction of Indian Ocean Drive to Brand Highway extending to Arrowsmith Road. About 31-thousand hectares had already been burnt as of Tuesday morning, with flames up to 18 metres in height.

On Monday, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) issued an emergency warning for people in Arrowsmith, north-west of Eneabba, in WA’s Midwest region. Arrowsmith is a sparsely populated farming area but FESA said the fire was moving towards homes that could be threatened by embers within hours.

The best option for survival was to leave for a safe place if the way was clear and take survival kits, FESA said, also warning that relocating at the last minute could prove fatal. The Brand Highway has been closed between Eneabba and the Midlands Road and Indian Ocean Drive has been closed between Coolimba and the Brand Highway intersection.

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