Bushfire crews brace for strong winds

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser
The bushfire burning in the Torndirrup National Park lit up Albany last night.
Camera IconThe bushfire burning in the Torndirrup National Park lit up Albany last night. Credit: Brad Smith

Firefighters are currently strengthening containment lines to a bushfire which burnt through 300ha in the Torndirrrup National Park yesterday.

The Department of Biodioversity Conservation and Attractions advised this morning the advice level remains in place for residents in the vicinity of Barrass Road near the Torndirrup National Park.

The fire is not yet contained after escaping from a prescribed burn yesterday at about 2pm.

Parks and Wildlife crews and City of Albany volunteer brigades worked overnight with favourable conditions to strengthen the eastern flank to protect Little Grove residents.

City of Albany community emergency services manager Brendan Gordon said the fire reached within an estimated 200-300m of homes.

“It was ideal conditions to burn out areas and secure up the eastern flank where the houses are on Little Grove,” he said.

“We did a bit a bit of door knocking to those immediate residents in the east to give them the heads up.

“So with the winds last night it was fairly calm, consistent northerly all night and that pushed the fire towards the coast.”

Mr Gordon said crews would today be bracing for strong winds expected later in the day as they strengthen containment lines.

He said a number of other fires across the region would test resources today.

“They are consistent in the north but it’s the strength we are worried about,” he said.

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