Aus wildfire under control, over 64 houses destroyed

Firefighters have worked hard throughout to contain and bring the fire under control, they said. Fires and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) incident controller Gary Kennedy though warned people of the suburb of Armadale that ember attack was still a real threat to properties.

He said the fire zone remains dangerous because of falling power poles and trees. This has forced evacuees to spend another night in emergency accommodation until the further safe notice on fire zone.

The bushfires which started on Sunday has destroyed more than 64 homes in the suburb of Kelmscott and Roleystone. The fires were contained and under control but residents were still on alert as conditions in these suburbs remained unpredictable, according to reports.

Easterly winds are forecast to stay around at least for today, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Over 100 firefighters still at the scene are having to battle not only the elements, but the terrain, with hilly areas proving difficult to get to.

Fallen power lines and poles also remain a hazard, while more than 550 properties are without electricity. Power was cut to the area on Sunday to provide a safer environment for firefighters

Fire breaks have proved effective in containing spot fires. Several roads remain closed this morning, while other previously-closed roads were re-opened about 10pm yesterday. But authorities urged motorists to stay away from the area if possible.

Authorities in Health Department have warned those with respiratory issues to take precautions to minimise their exposure to smoke. At least 12 people have so far been hospitalised after suffering smoke inhalation, while a firefighter was also taken to hospital after injuring a leg when hit by a fire truck near Roleystone.

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