Bremer blaze burns 10,000ha
A fire which threatened lives and homes in Bremer Bay at Christmas is still burning after more than two weeks.
The blaze has torn through more than 10,000ha after it was sparked by lightning west of Bremer Bay, near the intersection of BordenBremer Bay Road and Warramurrup Road, on December 20.
At its peak, more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, which threatened lives and homes on Saturday, December 22.
The fire came during the town’s peak visitor period, with its population swelling from 300 to more than 2000.
Wellstead Museum and Cafe manager SarahHall saida lot of people were exhausted from fighting the blaze and supporting crews.
“Everyone is doing their bit — that is the good thing about small communities is that everyone pulls together,” she said. “It is a busy time of year with a lot of people still out harvesting. . .and at this time of yearit really explodes with people.”
Businesses in town provided food and accommodation for crews battling the blaze. At time of print, 12 firefighters were patrolling the fire ground with an advice still in place for those in an area bounded by Borden-Bremer Bay Road, Dillon Bay Road, Millers Point Road and the coastline.
Mia and Ava Benson watch the Bremer Bay fire.