WA fire: Bushfire emergency for Harvey downgraded due to easing winds, warning remains elsewhere

Updated January 09, 2016 10:50:33 Gallery:
South West bushfire in pictures A bushfire threatening the Western Australian town of Harvey has been downgraded due to calmer winds and high humidity, though an emergency remains in place for other towns.Key points:Almost 100 homes destroyed in Yarloop but no confirmed loss of lifeEmergency warning for areas including Waroona, Hamel, Cookenup and YarloopUp-to-date alerts on the DFES website and emergency information 133 337Evacuation centres remain at Murray Leisure Centre, Pinjarra and Leschenault Leisure Centre, AustralindThe Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has downgraded the threat for Harvey, Preston Beach and Myalup to a watch and act, while an emergency warning remains for Waroona, Hamel, Cookernup, Yarloop and surrounding areas.The blaze, which started on Wednesday, destroyed 121 homes and other structures in the historic mill town of Yarloop, and has so far burnt through 67,000 hectares of land.WA premier Colin Barnett has suspended his leave and is due to tour fire-affected communities later today.External Link:WA towns under threat from bushfire
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