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Emergency warning continues as bushfires burn in south-west Western Australia


More evacuation operations will take place to help people affected by an out-of-control bushfire burning in Western Australia‘s south-west.

Assisted evacuations are taking place in the Bunker Bay and Eagle Bay areas for anyone that wants to leave.

One evacuation convoy is left the Bunker Bay Resort at 4pm local time.

An out-of-control bushfire forced residents in parts of Western Australia's south-west to evacuate last night.
An out-of-control bushfire forced residents in parts of Western Australia’s south-west to evacuate last night. (9News)

A separate convoy is departed from the Eagle Bay Community Hall at 4pm local time.

An emergency warning still remains in place for the Eagle Bay townsite as well as Meelup Regional Park, and in an area bounded by Cape Naturaliste Road to the north and west, Okapa Rise to the south and Wardandi Drive and Willanup Rise.

“I would encourage people to stay away from those areas,” Incident Controller Blake Moore said.

An emergency warning still remains in place for the Eagle Bay townsite.
An emergency warning still remains in place for the Eagle Bay townsite. (9News)

He is encouraging people to work with authorities.

“Assist us in what we’re trying to do and make the area safe and contain the fire to where it currently is.”

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the bushfire at Eagle Bay is “uncontrolled and uncontained”.

“It is a significant concern for those people that live in the Eagle Bay community,” Mr Dawson said.

“It’s too late for you to leave. If your home catches on fire and the conditions become unbearable, you need to get out.”

He urged residents to follow the directions of fire and police crews and remain in their homes until otherwise advised.

Rob McKenzie left his holiday home overnight, which sits on eight acres of bushland in Eagle Bay.

Mr McKenzie said initially he could “hear some sirens” which “sounded like a car chase”.

Then there was a “huge thumping” at the back door of the home.

“Someone was smashing the door down, we thought we were being invaded,” he told 6PR.

More evacuation operations are underway to help people leave bushfire affected areas.
More evacuation operations are underway to help people leave bushfire affected areas. (9News)

He soon realised it was a visit from the local firefighters.

“It was one of the fantastic people that were telling everyone they need to evacuate,” he said.

“We just left straight away, pretty much left everything there and got out and I think we were lucky we did because we came down to Dunsborough townsite, went down to the beach and there were a lot of people who had been evacuated from out that way in Eagle Bay.”

Residents watched the fire “burning bright red and bursts of trees going up”.

“We don’t know if the house has survived or not,” Mr McKenzie said.

“We certainly seemed to be pretty much in the direct path of it but the road is closed off and we can’t get in so we just don’t know.”

Mr McKenzie said it “might be a couple of days” before he returns to his property.

An emergency warning still remains in place for parts of the state's south-west.
An emergency warning still remains in place for parts of the state’s south-west. (9News)

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this stage.

“Crews are working to make the area safe and as soon as that area has been made safe police will be doing a full investigation of the incident area,” Mr Moore said.

Locals and tourists are sheltering at an evacuation site at West Busselton, as warnings remain in place.

There are also several Watch and Act alerts in place.

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As the situation is constantly changing, stay to date with the latest warnings on the Emergency WA website.



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