25 Nov 2011

Bushfire contained but not under control

5:26 pm on 25 November 2011

A bushfire continues to rage through the Margaret River region of Western Australia but easing winds and cooler temperatures on Friday have provided some relief.

Strong winds that buffeted the fire and pushed its southern front into two beachside communities have eased.

At least 34 homes and chalets have been damaged or destroyed by the fire, which started about 12pm on Wednesday, the ABC reports.

Firefighters say the fire is contained but not yet under control. More than 150 firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

About 700 residents gathered in Margaret River for a briefing and cheered the firefighters who managed to save 370 homes.

The fire was sparked when embers from a controlled burn jumped a containment line.