5 Jan 2010

Large bushfire in Western Australia contained

11:10 am on 5 January 2010

Authorities in Western Australia have brought a large bushfire near Moore River, about 100km north of Perth, under control.

Residents in nearby coastal areas have been urged to be on alert, but the fire threat has eased on Tuesday.

The blaze has burned through about 2000 hectares, the ABC reports.

Mike Cantelo, of the local department of environment and conservation, says about 125 fire-fighters are battling the blaze.

He says the biggest concern is high temperatures and strong winds forecast for later on Tuesday.