Prescribed fire in Western Australia escapes, burns dozens of homes

A prescribed fire in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park in Western Australia escaped on November 23 and has destroyed or heavily damaged 19 to 30 homes in the Prevelly area. Pushed by strong winds, the fire has burned at least 4,900 acres.

Fifty-five people that had refused to be evacuated later had to take refuge from the fire on a Prevelly beach. They were rescued by jet ski and ferried to a waiting search and rescue boat offshore. From there they were taken to nearby Gracetown and then bused to an emergency welfare center in Margaret River.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Prescribed fire in Western Australia escapes, burns dozens of homes”

  1. Spanish Translation:
    Se escapa una quema prescrita en el oeste de Australia, quemando decenas de viviendas
    Una quema controlada en el Parque Nacional Leeuwin-Naturaliste en Australia Occidental, se escapó el 23 de noviembre y ha destruido o dañado gravemente entre 19 y 30 viviendas en la zona de Prevelly. Empujado por fuertes vientos, el fuego ha quemado al menos 1983 hectáreas.
    Cincuenta y cinco personas que se habían negado a ser evacuadas, más tarde tuvieron que refugiarse del fuego en una playa de Prevelly. Fueron rescatados con una moto de agua y traladados a un barco de rescate. Posteriormente fueron llevados a un lugar cercano a Gracetown y luego transportados a un centro de asistencia de emergencia en Margaret River.

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  2. It is saddening to watch people loose their homes and memories; as a lone SEAT makes an effort to do something. I wonder if the aerial fire fighting world will ever catch up to the rest of the fire service? With a few exceptions fire aviation is still “hooking up the horses and adding coal to the boiler”.


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