Fires scorch Albany region

Toby HusseyAlbany Advertiser

UPDATE: Several bushfires on the south coast are putting lives and homes at risk as strong winds fan the flames.

In Albany an emergency bushfire warning is in place for parts of Redmond, Marbelup, McKail, Elleker, Torbay while another emergency warning is in place for Napier.

DFES is telling people in those areas told homes are under threat and they must act immediately.

DFES EMERGENCY ALERTS

Damaging winds that could reach 125kh/h are forecast for Friday as a cold front hits the south west corner of WA.

The first warning is for people in an area bounded by Redmond West Road, Redhen Road, Albany Highway and the coast line in Redmond, Marbelup, McKail, Elleker and Torbay while the Napier warning is for people in an area bounded by Palmdale Road, Takenup Road, Settlement Road and Morande Road.

Both fires are out of control and moving in a south-westerly direction.

An evacuation centre has been set up at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre for affected residents.

Bushfire watch and acts are in place for people bounded by Redmond Hay River Road, Sunny Glen Road, and Millbrook Road in Redmond; Syred Road, Stirling School Road, East of Chester Pass Road, South Coast Highway and Pfeiffer Road in Napier; and Quaranup Road, Frenchmans Bay Road, Salmon Holes Road in Frenchman Bay.

Outisde of Albany there are also bushfire watch and acts for the east of Nut Road to Peaceful Bay Road including the community of Peaceful Bay in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park near Denmark; and for or people within the vicinity of south-east of Stirling Range National Park bounded by Success Ridge Track to east, north of Thompson and Chillinup Road and west of Gnowellan Road.

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