2 dead as wild bushfires rage through Australia (PHOTOS)
The remains of two men in their 70s were found by authorities who had been searching burnt-out buildings in Yarloop, 120km south of the state capital, Perth. The town was virtually obliterated by the fire.
A state of emergency remains in place for several communities including Harvey, Preston Beach, Lake Clifton, Myalup as well as their surrounding areas, The West Australian reports.
Authorities have warned residents to evacuate unless they are ready to actively defend their homes against bushfires that continue to burn. Police were knocking on doors in Harvey on Saturday directing people to leave.
This harrowing image from #dfeswa is an unimaginable sight that firefighters were faced with on Thursday night 😔 With over 130 homes in #yarloop lost to the fire, as well as two lives, it is hard to not feel devastated for everyone involved. We have spent the last few days on and off alerts & looking out for family & friends who are closer to the fire zone. Amazing job being done by the firefighters and their support crews and we are thinking of all those people who don't have a home to go back to. Such amazing community spirit being shown with so much help being offered. Hopefully the winds will become favourable and the fire can be brought under control as soon as possible ❤️ #yarloopfires #southwestfires #waroona #waroonafires #harveywa #southwestwa #southwestlife #westaustralia #wafires #westernaustralia #supportwa
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said that while conditions had eased, the fire is not yet over.
"Our priorities are the northern division between Waroona and the Forrest Highway, the Lake Clifton area and then the southern area out of Harvey," incident controller Brad Della Vale said.
"I think we are not out of the woods yet, I think today's work will reveal how good our containment lines are at this stage, although the winds aren't going to be strong they get up to about 30 kilometres, at 3:00pm ... so that will be the pressure point I think."
A separate bushfire that has been threatening lives and homes around the Dalyup area in the Shire of Esperance has been downgraded to a watch and act.
This is the devastating image that is being seen by many of our brave and honourable firefighters....the south west of wa (Australia) is under threat by and major fire, many town have been evacuated and there homes lost in this ever increasing threat. We may be 40 minutes away from the danger but have seen plumes of smoke for the last few days, as it continues to grow further south. There are many places to donate for those who now have nothing but the clothes they left with, please take the time to care. By making as many as we can aware and we can all spare something to give to those have lost everything. #harveyfire #waroonafire #yarloop#yarloopfires #wafires #help 📷 @boomboom_84
So far fires have raged through more than 70,000 hectares in the state's South West.
Wildfires are an annual summer event in Australia, but rising temperatures have prompted some scientists to warn that climate change could increase the length and intensity of the summer fire season.