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Weather helping weary WA firefighters

Volunteer firefighter Alan Roberts with a possum he rescued from the Waroona fires in Western Australia on Saturday. AAP image/Alan Roberts

Volunteer firefighter Alan Roberts with a possum he rescued from the Waroona fires in Western Australia on Saturday. AAP image/Alan Roberts

Perth [AAP]

Easing weather conditions are helping firefighters battle the bushfire that has killed two people and razed 143 properties in Western Australia’s southwest.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services says the fire, which has burned more than 70,000 hectares, has raged since it was sparked by lightning on Wednesday morning.

An emergency warning in place for east of Waroona, Hamel, Yarloop and surrounding areas was downgraded on Monday morning to watch and act.

The fire is now contained but not controlled.

Favourable conditions also saw the alert level drop to advice for Preston Beach and Lake Clifton including the Waroona townsite.

An advice alert remains in place for Pamelup Estate to Binningup townsite including the townsite of Myalup.

Four firefighters have been injured, while a NSW contingent, including 60 firefighters, is now assisting fatigued local crews.

Volunteers who battled to save Yarloop have used social media to defend themselves from criticism that residents were not adequately warned of the danger.

‘We were left by the hierarchy to defend our town on our [own], unfortunately we lost,’ the brigade posted on Facebook.

‘To those of you who want to whinge that we weren’t there, be thankful you have a house left, I and most of my fellow firies and townspeople don’t.’

Two men, aged 73 and 77, are believed to have died in the blaze.


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