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Temperatures in Western Australia (WA) have hit 40C with high fire warnings. DFES has issued watch and act warnings for western part of Walpole in the Shire of Manjimup and advised people to defend or leave homes. Also warnings for Mt Shadforth area in western part of Shire of Denmark. An earlier fire in Hopetoun east of Esperance is contained and controlled.

Residents in the Great Southern area of Western Australia are on high bushfire alert, with temperatures in the state soaring to 40 degrees.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast catastrophic fire danger warnings for the Central Wheat Belt, Gascoyne Inland, Inland Central West – South, Stirling Inland, Upper Great Southern, Roe and Lakes.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has issued watch and act warnings for the western part of Walpole in the Shire of Manjimup.


The fire has crossed Rest Point Road and is burning in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park towards the Walpole Inlet.

DFES is advising people in the vicinity to leave or actively defend their homes. The ABC reported the bushfire is unpredictable and flames are up to 10 metres high. Rest Point Road and Sandy Beach Road have both been closed.

There is also a watch and act warning in the western part of the Shire of Denmark, after a fire started near Mt Shadforth.

Mount Shadforth Road is currently closed from Turner Road to Peace Street. Temperatures across much of the southern part of the state are tipped to reach 40C or above, with Albany on the south coast facing an almost unheard of 40C maximum.

A bushfire that had earlier threatened lives and homes east of Hopetoun has now been contained and controlled.
The blaze started near Buegge Road and Springdale Road in Hopetoun, and triggered an emergency warning on Tuesday morning, but the alert was downgraded to a watch and act just before 1pm.

It had been burning towards a small housing estate east of the town but is now contained within swampland and paddocks, with 60 firefighters on the scene.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services says 200 hectares have been burnt.
Students remain at Hopetoun Primary School but are ready to evacuate if necessary, while parents are being allowed to collect their child if they wish.

There is also a total fire ban for the metropolitan area, with Perth already reaching 36C, with even higher temperatures in the Hills.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned of catastrophic fire conditions on Tuesday for the Central Wheat Belt, and parts of the Gascoyne, Central West, Great Southern and South Coastal districts.


Online Source: Daily Mail Australia.

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