Western Australia's bushfire still out of control

09:01, January 11, 2011      

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A bushfire on Tuesday is still burning out of control in south of Perth, Western Australia.

Hundreds of residents were forced to flee their homes on Monday afternoon shortly after the blaze broke out at Lake Clifton, 100 km south of Perth.

According to the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA), early indications were that four structures had been lost along with stock and infrastructure.

More than 150 firefighters have been battling the blaze, which remained out of control at 4 a.m. (WST) on Tuesday.

"Firefighters have saved lives and more than 40 homes in challenging conditions," a FESA statement showed on Tuesday. "As at 4 a.m. the fire is still out of control and unpredictable."

Australia Associated Press reported that the bushfire has so far burnt about 2,000 hectares. It raced through a plantation area, threatening properties around Lake Clifton in Waroona shire and then Herron in the City of Mandurah.

Authorities have said the blaze developed from several smaller fires that had been deliberately lit.

There was seven ignition points, FESA said, adding that the fire is moving west with wind gusts of up to 50km/h expected.

Burnt powerpoles and trees have fallen across roads, and FESA warned more were at risk of falling.

Several roads in the area have been closed with motorists advised to avoid the area.

Source: Xinhua
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