Bremer Bay on alert as fire threatens on Christmas Eve
Bremer Bay residents and holidaymakers remain on alert on Christmas Eve as a fire, which has torn through more than 8000ha, threatens the south coastal community.
More than 100 fire fighters are battling the blaze which has sparked a Watch and Act warning for several campsites and the townsite of Bremer Bay.
The fire, which was sparked by lightning on Friday, has forced the closure of several roads in the Shire of Jerramungup, about 180km east of Albany.
It comes during the town’s busiest time of year when its population can grow from 300 residents to more than 2000.
Wellstead Museum and Cafe manager Sarah Hall said a lot of people were exhausted from fighting the blaze and supporting crews, but the town’s residents were remaining positive.
“Everyone is doing their bit, that is the good thing about small communities is that everyone pulls together,” she said.
“It is a busy time of year with a lot of people still out harvesting... and at this time of year it really explodes with people.
“It has been a pretty full on week, but it is what it is.”
Businesses in town have been providing food and accommodation for crews battling the blaze.
The Department of Fires and Emergency Services has urged those planning to holiday in the area to defer until further notice.
A bushfire Watch and Act has been issued for people bounded by Borden-Bremer Bay Road to the north, the Bremer Bay coastline to the east, the coastline to the south and the intersection of Borden-Bremer Bay Road and Gairdner South Road to the west, in Bremer Bay including the town site itself and surrounding areas including Point Henry, Dillon Bay Settlement, Foster Beach Campsite, and all coastal campsites, and the eastern part of Boxwood Hil.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching the area and conditions are changing.
The fire started near the intersection of Borden-Bremer BAY Road and Warramurrup Road.
The fire is burning on the western side of Dillon Bay Road. It is moving in a north-westerly directions towards Borden-Bremer Bay Road.
A bushfire Advice has been issued for people north of Borden-Bremer Bay Road bounded by South Coast Highway to the west, Swamp Road to the north through to the Bremer Bay coastline to the east in parts of Bremer Bay and Boxwood Hill.
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support has set up a temporary evacuation centre at Jerramungup Recreation Centre. This is located at the southern end of Derrick Street, in Jerramungup.
Borden-Bremer Bay Road between South Coast Highway and Dillon Bay Road, Reef Beach Road and Reef Beach Track, Warramurrup Road, Millers Point Road to the intersection of Borden-Bremer Bay Road are closed.
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