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Escaped prescribed burn brought under control

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

A bushfire which threatened homes in Torbay and came within 50m of the historic hall should act as an early season warning according to the City of Albany after escaping from a prescribed burn yesterday.

The bushfire was reported at 2pm after escaping from the southern side of Lower Denmark Road at the intersection of Hunwick South Road resulting in a watch and act alert for residents in the area in the afternoon.

Up to 15 City of Albany and Shire of Denmark volunteer firefighters brought the blaze, which burnt 40ha under control yesterday evening resulting in the warning being downgraded to an advice level.

The bushfire was given the all clear at 4pm on Friday afternoon but residents were still urged to be vigilant and firefighters will remain monitoring until Saturday.

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But not before reaching within 50m of the Torbay Hall and a nearby home.

Crews remain on site today monitoring and mopping up and containing the fire.

City of Albany chief bushfire control officer Darren Prior said the bushfire should act as an early season warning.

He said crews responded to fires in Wellstead and Redmond also on Thursday in a busy day.

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