Busselton volunteer fire fighters help Waroona

City of Busselton community fire and emergency services manager Tim Wall briefing the Busselton volunteer fire fighters before they head towards the Waroona fire.

City of Busselton community fire and emergency services manager Tim Wall briefing the Busselton volunteer fire fighters before they head towards the Waroona fire.

SIXTY volunteer fire fighters from Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup have been helping emergency services fight the Waroona bush fires on a 24 hour rotation.

On Thursday afternoon 15 volunteers were taken to the fires and worked throughout the night until 8am on Friday morning and were expecting to return again that afternoon.

City of Busselton community fire and emergency services manager Tim Wall said the intake of volunteers had increased over the last 24 hours.

Mr Wall told the volunteers not to be heroes and to come home safely and he wasn’t sure how the volunteers would reach the fire as roads were closed.

“Infrastructure and properties are in the way and conditions are really bad,” he said.

“I spoke to a couple on Thursday night and believe it was full on and challenging.”

The Dunsborough volunteer bushfire brigade said they were defending the Wagerup Refinery in winds gusting up to 60 kilometres per hour.

The fire inside the refinery was burning on all sides and and they were unable to stop anything vital from being destroyed.

Communications in the area were unstable after a nearby phone tower was damaged in the blaze.

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