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Three backpackers and Western Australia farmer confirmed dead in Esperance bushfires

Three backpackers from Germany are among the four people killed in out-of-control bushfires on Western Australia’s south coast.

There are several fires still currently burning in the Esperance district.

During last night, four people were located deceased in the fire area of Grass Patch, Salmon Gums and surrounding areas in the Shire of Esperance.

This morning five Disaster Victim Identification officers along with two Arson Squad detectives will fly to the area.

Officers from the Kalgoorlie District will also fly to the area later this morning to assist local officers.

Police are unable to provide any further details in relation to the deceased until inquiries are concluded.

It is believed the fire was not deliberately lit.

Spokesperson Wendy Pryer for Horizon Power said 165 people remain without power, and that it will be some time until power will be restored.
“We do have crews in one area where we’re allowed to be and that’s in the Cascade area,” she said.

“That will restore power to at least 24 customers.”

She said the restoration of power to other customers would have to wait until the fire was contained and crews could access the area.

Western Australia Police are asking for people concerned about loved ones who they can’t get in contact with and may be affected by the fire and please contact 1800 015 337

For updated information concerning the fires please check the DFES web page at www.dfes.wa.gov.au

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