Firefighters battling to contain West Australian bushfire

  Firefighters battling to contain West Australian bushfire

2 January 2008

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Australia — Authorities in Western Australia have been working round the clock to control a blaze in the Goldfields area which claimed the lives of three men.

Kieran MacNamara from the Department of Environment and Conservation says his staff are co-operating fully with the investigation into the decision to allow a convoy of trucks into the fire affected area on Sunday night.

Some of the trucks and trailers were incinerated and three men died in the blaze.

But Mr MacNamara says staff weren’t pressured by the fact the Great Eastern highway had already opened several times that day to let vehicles through.

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze before temperatures rise again later in the week.

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