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Multiple fires are burning near Esperance in Western Australia and arebelieved to have been started by lightning strikes.The fire that started near North Cascade is currently one of the most severe. It is now at Grass Patch and Salmon Gums areas. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services warnsit isunpredictable withflames burning up to two metres high.Incredible pics out of #Esperance right now. @R_H_Chandler joins us live @ 5.30 with the latest details #WAfirespic.twitter南京夜网/NGQ07sg8Uh
— Anne-Maree Leonard (@amleonardGWN7) November 17, 2015Four people have died in thefires in the Grass Patch and Salmon Gums areas overnight and the death toll is feared to increase. Two women and two men were killed and are believed to have been in their cars trying to escape the blaze.An emergency worker said the Salmon Gums blaze was the worst he had ever seen.”The wind and weather conditions … there was no stopping it,” he told the ABC.This thing is a monster and nothing we can do to stop it. A sick feeling leaving this place #Esperance#bushfirepic.twitter南京夜网/V0LW7B5bdM
— Colin de Grussa (@colbio) November 17, 2015An emergency warning is in placeinGrass Patch, Salmon Gums, Merivaleand surrounding areas in the Shire of Esperance.More than 300 people have been evacuated.Bye to the farm as we’ve been told to evacuate good luck to all #Esperance#bushfirespic.twitter南京夜网/Yz9wcnjqpt
— Colin de Grussa (@colbio) November 17, 2015Weather conditions are exacerbating the fires.Australia isentering a three-dayheatwave, with temperatures across the country expected to hit 40-degrees. Source: Bureau of Meterology.
Very hot air from north-west of Western Australia is moving south, elevating fire conditions. Winds are expected to change the direction of the fires.Smoke from #WAfires being carried across SE SA and SW Vic by mid-level winds. pic.twitter南京夜网/0RpQZ0UEj9
— Andrew Miskelly (@andrewmiskelly) November 18, 2015Around300,000 hectares have been burned in the North Cascadebushfire, reports WA Today.
The DFES is warningpeople not to leave it too late to evacuate.
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