Firefighters from around the country have joined forces to fight the blaze in Western Australia, and for the first time they’ve been given the task of breaking up a large blaze in a remote region.
Key points:The Western Australia Emergency Operations Centre says the fire had burnt over 200 hectares by the end of the dayEmergency officials are warning residents to stay at home for safety reasons, but have been urged to take precautionsFirefighters have been working closely with fire authorities to break up a wildfire in the Pilbara regionKey pointsThe fire in the north of Western Australia is now contained, but residents are advised to stay home for the time beingFirefighting teams are being assisted by helicopters and by firefighting vesselsThe fires are being tackled by the emergency operations centre and the Pilbaran National Emergency Management Centre.
The emergency operations room is working alongside the Pilgarth Fire Brigade and the Mount Isa Fire Brigade, which were joined in the fight by the Mount Ida Fire Brigade.
In the Pilbarran area, about 200 hectares has burned since Friday night, according to the Emergency Operations Room, which is monitoring the situation.
The Mount Idas blaze has been burning for two weeks.
It was reported at about 6:30pm on Friday, but was not officially declared a fire until Sunday morning.
Topics:fires,fire,birmingham-3000,walton-0850,australiaFirst posted February 03, 2019 11:42:33More stories from Western Australia