GFMC: Bush and Forest Fires in Australia

Bush Fires in Western Australia

21 January 2005

Perth firefighters mop up after blaze

More than 200 firefighters will today continue mopping up from the largebushfire in the Perth hills.
The blaze burnt through 25,000 hectares of land and hundreds of personnel haveworked through the night to ensure it remains contained within fire breaks.
Crews will carry out back burning along the 155 kilometre perimeter of the fire.
Dozens of roads in the hills area remain closed because of thick smoke that isblanketing the Perth metropolitan area and over fears that burnt trees are indanger of falling.
Darren Gillespie from the Department of Conservation and Land Management saysthere are still concerns hot weather forecast for the weekend could causeflare-ups.
“We’ve been continually working to contain the fire as best we can forthose warmer days on the weekend.”
“There have been some hop-overs, which we’ve managed to contain, howeverthe real pressure will come by the weekend,” Mr Gillespie said.
“Crews are working as hard as they can to mop that down and contain as bestpossible.”

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20 January 2005

(Image courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Project at NASA/GSFC)


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