Bre­mer blaze burns 10,000ha

Albany Extra - - News - John Dob­son

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.

Pic­ture: Ke­iron Ben­son

Mia and Ava Ben­son watch the Bre­mer Bay fire.

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