Thursday, May 24, 2018


Yarloop is a small saw milling town on the South Western Highway between Perth and Bunbury.

Yarloop was wiped out a couple of years ago by a devastating bush fire, with a number of lives lost.  Just up the road is the town of Harvey where today a large number of fires are burning, with winds currently gusting a 70+ kph.  Gusts of up to 120kph are forecast.

These fires have been lit by farmers burning off.

I hope they are prosecuted.


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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Turns out the wind maxed at 72k but there were 57 mm rain last night.

Lolitas brother said...

The little village itself was apparently away from the bush inland, but the google map is 2015. By the way these google pictures are remarkable clarity.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Lol's Bro

Yes, the town was the site of a significant saw mill which had been there for many decades. Part of the problem was the huge heap of old sawdust which caught fire.

Google doesn't show you how a fire can traverse open ground at high speed. When the temperatures are up into the forties and winds are gusting over eighty ks then everything burns, even building which are 'out in the open.'

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Further to last

My Google earth has 2017 imagery and you can see dozens of razed house sites, particularly alongside the railway tracks.

From Wiki

2016 bushfire

Southwest Highway & Johnson St entrance to Yarloop after the fires
See also: 2015–16 Australian bushfire season § January 2016
On 7 January 2016, 121 homes[11] were destroyed by a massive bushfire.[2] Over a seven-minute period, the fire also burned the historic timber workshops, factories, an old church, the old hospital, shops, the hotel, fire station and a part of the school. Local politician Murray Cowper, observing soon afterwards that the town now looked "very surreal",[12] said: "This could well be the end of the town."[2][13] Those visiting the town after the fire described the level of destruction as "apocalyptic".[14] However, Western Australia's Premier Colin Barnett has said that the town will be rebuilt, and a majority of residents voted in favour of rebuilding.[15][16] On 9 January the remains of two men were found in burnt-out houses.[11]

Public access to Yarloop was restored on 11 August 2016, seven months after the fire, when roadblocks were finally removed.[17]