What caused the fire in Yarloop?
More than three and a half years ago lightning sparked a massive bushfire emergency in Yarloop that firefighters and the community fought for 17 days. The fire claimed the lives of two people, destroyed 180 homes and tore through more than 69,000 hectares of land.
How many people died in the Yarloop fire?
Tragedy and triumph, one year on. Those whose lives were touched or destroyed by the Waroona-Yarloop fires will never know what time it started on the night of January 5, 2016. But three days later two men were dead, 181 homes were destroyed and the historic town of Yarloop was in ashes.
Why did the Australian bushfires start 2019?
Dry heat combined with lack of rain, Australia’s dry season from April to September sees a high chance of fires. Fires on the east coast of the country have spread quickly with the help of hot-dry weather, burning through millions of acres and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
How long did the waroona fire last?
In January 2016, a lightning strike triggered a blaze that tore through some of WA’s best agricultural land, near Waroona south of Perth. By the time it was extinguished 17 days later, almost 70,000 hectares of land had been scorched, 181 homes and buildings destroyed and two lives had been lost.
How bad is the bushfire in Yarloop?
Yarloop, which has a population of 545, has lost about 95 homes, historic buildings, workshops, factories, the post office, a fire station and part of a local school. Resident Kate Barry said she lost her home in the blaze, but had no idea how bad the bushfire was until a local firefighter told her she had to evacuate.
Is there life after a devastating wa bushfire?
As fires burn across the eastern states, one town in WA’s south-west has proved there is life after a devastating bushfire. Skip to main content ABC News Homepage SearchLog InLog InMore from ABC More from ABC Close menuABC iview Listen ABC Home News Radio iview Everyday More Editorial Policies Read our editorial guiding principles Accessibility
Will Yarloop’s new fire station bring life back to the town?
The Yarloop community hope the building will help to bring life back into the town The effects of the fire was devastating, but locals say it has also brought the community together More than three and a half years ago lightning sparked a massive bushfire emergency in Yarloop that firefighters and the community fought for 17 days.
How much did it cost to rebuild Yarloop after the fires?
The State Government spent $64 million rebuilding Yarloop and the surrounding communities. Murray Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said everyone pulled together for the recovery effort. “I remember driving through in 2016 after the fires and I really didn’t think this town had any chance of survival,” Ms Clarke said.