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Denmark fire emergency: Fears homes lost as massive blaze causes power outages

There are reports that at least two homes have been lost in an out-of-control bushfire that has caused widespread power outages and burnt through 2386ha west of Denmark.

A community meeting has been called for 2pm at the Denmark Civic Centre on Strickland Street, with two evacuation centres open at the Walpole Sport and Recreation Centre and the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre.

An evacuation centre opened on Friday at the Denmark Recreation Centre is now closed.

The evacuation centre in Denmark on Friday.
Camera IconThe evacuation centre in Denmark on Friday. Credit: Liam Croy/Albany Advertiser

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services has warned that variable wind behaviour would cause unpredictable fire conditions across the area on Saturday.

There are 110 firefighters battling the blaze and strengthening containment lines from local volunteer brigades, career fire and rescue services, and the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Aerial support is assisting ground crews.

Firefighting helicopters reloaded at The Dam.
Camera IconFirefighting helicopters reloaded at The Dam.
Credit: Laurie Benson

Reports out of Denmark suggest the historic Parryville Hall has been saved, but two nearby homes have been destroyed.

DFES has published an incident area for the bushfire west of Denmark which shows homes located inside the fire ground, however there had been no official confirmation of property loss by 10am Saturday.

Western Power has advised that about 1700 homes are without power in the Denmark and Walpole areas.

An incident area for the bushfire west of Denmark at 6.28am on Saturday.
Camera IconAn incident area for the bushfire west of Denmark at 6.28am on Saturday. Credit: DFES

An emergency warning remains in place for people bounded by Boat Harbour Road and Board Road to the west, Scotsdale Road to the north, Walter Road and Turner Road to the east, and the coastline to the south in parts of Shadforth and William Bay.

People in this area are in danger and need to act immediately to survive as there is a threat to lives and homes.

“People in warning areas and surrounding areas are asked to put their bushfire plan into place and leave early,” a DFES incident alert states.

The view of the fire from Denmark.
Camera IconThe view of the fire from Denmark. Credit: Liam Croy/Albany Advertiser

“If safe to do so, people west of the incident area should leave in a westerly direction, people to the north should leave in a northerly direction and those to the east should leave in an easterly direction.

“People south of South Coast Highway to the east of the Incident Area should leave easterly, and those to the west should leave westerly if it is safe to do so.”

A bushfire watch and act is in place for people in an area east of the emergency warning area bounded by Scotsdale Road, Cussons Road and South Coast Highway in parts of Shadforth.

Shire of Denmark ranger at McLeod Road.
Camera IconShire of Denmark ranger at McLeod Road. Credit: Laurie Benson

A bushfire watch and act is also in place for people to the west of the emergency warning bounded by Scotsdale Road to the north, Parker Road to the west and the coastline in parts of Parryville, Kordabup and Kentdale.

People affected by the bushfire are urged to use the Register.Find.Reunite service to register their whereabouts or find a loved one.

The fire started about 9.25am on Friday near the intersection of Bayview Rise and McLeod Road in Shadforth.

For more information, visit Emergency WA.

The police roadblock at the intersection of South Coast Highway and Sunrise Road on Friday.
Camera IconThe police roadblock at the intersection of South Coast Highway and Sunrise Road on Friday. Credit: Liam Croy/Albany Advertiser

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