Aus wildfire under control, over 64 houses destroyed

The wildfire that destroyed over 64 houses in the Australian city of Perth has been brought under control, officials said.

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2011, 10:51 AM IST

Melbourne: The wildfire that destroyed over
64 houses in the Australian city of Perth has been brought under control, officials said.

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.

PTI