Firefighting crews are battling a wildfire burning across western Australia, with one death and more than 50 homes destroyed.
Key points:A bushfire burns near a firefighting unit at the Great Northern Hotel, in Warrnambool, in the state of Western AustraliaThe Great Northern hotel is home to a small number of fire fighters and emergency medical unitsThe fire was burning on a hillside and was about 250 metres tallThe fire, which has destroyed more than 30 properties, is burning in the remote region of the Great North, which is home and business to a few firefighting units.
“We’ve got a lot of firefighters who are engaged in fighting the fire,” fire chief Tim Trewavas said.
“There’s no question that the fire is getting bigger and bigger and is burning on top of a hill.”
The Great North fire has forced more than 200 firefighters to be deployed to the area to battle the blaze, which started on a road about 100 metres away from the Great Western Hotel.
“I think that there’s been a significant increase in the number of firefighters that have been deployed, but it’s still very early days for the firefighters,” Mr Trewas said, adding the fires were a challenging fight.
“The fire’s really large and there’s a lot that we can do in the next few days to minimise the impact on our people.”
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