Pilbara: Firefighters monitor regional bushfires in Western Australia

Firefighters in Western Australia are preparing for a forecast heat spike, with several regional areas already affected by blazes that need to be closely monitored.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts temperatures will soar above 40C across much of WA’s northern and inland regions starting Monday, putting firefighters on high alert.

The state’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services on Wednesday issued a bushfire alert for an area just 15km east of the tourist town of Canarvon on the Gascoyne Coast.

A slow-spreading fire has burned around 3,500 hectares there and while it poses no threat to lives or homes, locals are being urged to monitor the situation.

Meanwhile, DFES has given the all-clear for a fire in the Pilbara that broke out on Boxing Day near Wittenoom, almost 300km south of Port Hedland.

It burned down around 100 hectares, but no longer poses a threat to life and dwelling.

They will continue to monitor the Wittenoom fire, as well as another to the east in the remote brushwood surrounding Telfer.

And another fire in the state’s southwestern region is contained and under control, but a bushfire warning remains in effect for residents in an area about 30km north of Walpole.

The Trent bushfire has been burning since November 30, when it was started by an escaped regulation fire.

It’s also being monitored by DFES, although the South West should be dodging the worst of the looming heatwave.

A total of four bans were imposed on coastal regions in the state’s Midwest on Wednesday, with widespread bans expected to be rolled out in the early days of 2023.

BOM predicts some northern inland regions of WA could surpass the 45C mark, keeping emergency services on high alert.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au to keep up to date with the latest fire alerts across the state.

Originally posted as Firefighters prepare for a 40C day as two bushfires burn in WA

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