“Like putting out a bonfire fire with a cup of water” as described by the Senior Firefighter.
The massive bushfire that devastated the small town of Yarloop is still burning out of control in Western Australia.
The fire area is now 58,000 hectares and emergency warnings remain in place for Waroona, Harvey and surrounding areas including Preston Beach.
Overnight wind gusts of up to 60km/h (37mph) help fan the blaze, dubbed the Waroona fire, to heights of 50m.
In the town of Yarloop about 95 houses have been destroyed and three people are reported to be missing.
A local politician told the the fire “could well be the end” of Yarloop.
Footage from the Channel 7 helicopter shows the small mill town of Yarloop, south of Perth in WA, after it was hit by an out-of-control bushfire fanned by strong winds. The town has lost about 95 houses and numerous other buildings, many of historical significance.