Augusta bush fire downgraded; extent of damage unknown

WA bush fire downgraded; extent of damage unknown The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.
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The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Photo: Paul Wright

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Augusta is on alert with an out of control fire being managed by DFES. Photo: Supplied.

Augusta is on alert with an out of control fire being managed by DFES. Photo: Supplied.

Augusta is on alert with an out of control fire being managed by DFES. Photo: Supplied.

Augusta is on alert with an out of control fire being managed by DFES. Photo: Supplied.

The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The efforts of the sixty-strong firefighting team comprising crew from 14 brigades has been applauded as the threat from the fire eases, but remains extremely dangerous. Photo: Wallcliffe Volunteer Fire Brigade.

TweetFacebookThe Shire of Augusta Margaret River has confirmed the emergency warning for the Augusta area was downgraded to a Watch & Act alert at around 5.30am on Tuesday morning following an exhaustive night of work by firefighters.

Sixty personnel from brigades in the Shire as well as crews from City of Busselton and the Department of Parks and Wildlife spent Monday night battling the huge blaze, which is believed to have broken out near the West Bay Caravan Park just north of Augusta townsite.

“[Firefighters]have now built containment lines around 90 per cent of the fire.” a Shire media spokesperson said on Tuesday morning.

“A number of the crews are currently conducting backburns to contain the remaining 10 per centof the fire, which is burning towards difficult-to-access Karri swamp terrain.”

EARLIER:Augusta residents warned to evacuate as out-of-control bushfire threatens homesMore firefighters are working on making smouldering trees and logs along Caves Road and Bussell Highway safe ahead of roads re-opening during the day.

“Once major roads are reopened, efforts will then move to the reopening of local roads to enable residents to return to their properties.”

The extent of damage is as yet unknown, and the Shire urged fire-affected residents to remain at temporary accommodation until they have seen their road advertised as re-open.

Roads are expected to re-open around 10am local time on Tuesday.

Rapid assessment officers from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were due to arrive in the region on Tuesday morning to begin accessing properties and damage.

Augusta Margaret River Mail

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