Fire fighters are battling bushfires
in and around Perth in Western Australia.
The raging flames have destroyed at
least 59 homes according to fire authorities.
Western Australia’s premier, Colin
Barnett, said that the severity of the fire damage was bad enough that he has declared
a natural disaster in the Perth’s hills region.
The declaration means residents can
qualify for emergency accommodation, food, essential clothing and other
personal items, temporary living expenses, housing repairs and replacement of
Fire and Emergency Services
Authority (FESA) officials declared a total fire ban for “Perth, Perth
hills and surrounding areas, Mandurah, inland parts of the Central Wheatbelt
and the Central West.”
The flames are being fanned by 75
kph (47 mph) winds.
An initial investigation indicates
the fire was accidentally started from sparks caused by a person using an angle