The small town of Yarloop has been devastated by bushfires blazing in farming country south of Perth.
The town’s residents are safe but 95 houses were lost, as well as the town hall. Locals who warned the state government about water supply problems last year say fire trucks were unable to top up with water, making it impossible to fight the blaze. One tanker was lost to the fires.
A state politician told the BBC the damage was so severe, it could spell the end of the town. “A big fireball came through and there was no way [the firefighters] were going to stop it,” Murray Cowper said.
The fire now covers more than 50,000 hectares and more communities have been told to be ready to evacuate. On Friday night the fire front was just eight kilometres from Harvey, a town of 25,000 people.
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