Bushfires burn more than 200,000 hectares in Gascoyne region

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
Bushfires have burned more than 200,000 hectares in the Gascoyne region.
Camera IconBushfires have burned more than 200,000 hectares in the Gascoyne region. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr/Kalgoorlie Miner

Bushfires sparked by lightning last week have burned through more than 200,000 hectares across the Gascoyne, with more than 100 emergency personnel working to contain the blaze.

The first report of a blaze west of Carey Downs Station was received by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services on January 5 just after 9pm.

A bushfire watch and act was later issued for people in various stations within the shires of Carnarvon, Shark Bay and Upper Gascoyne.

More than 100 staff and volunteers from the Bush Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service have been working to strengthen containment lines and complete backburning activities.

Members of the State Emergency Service, local governments and regional pastoralists have also been working to contain the fires.

The blaze was on Tuesday moving fast in a easterly-south easterly direction and was out of control.

A bushfire advice was also issued for Gascoyne Junction, Wooramel Roadhouse and stations between North West Coastal Highway, Hamelin Pool and Carnarvon/Mullewa Road.

As of Tuesday, there was no threat to life in these areas but locals have been urged to keep up to date with emergency information in case of changes.

There were no road closures current on Tuesday but motorists have been asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully because of smoke in the area.

Fire bans have been in place across the region to prevent the outbreak of more bushfires.

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