Firefighters control wildfire in Western Australia

March 2, 2010 05:18


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SYDNEY — Firefighters gained control Tuesday of a wildfire with flames up to 18 meters high burning near a small Western Australia mining community.

The Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia lifted an emergency warning issued Monday night that had urged residents to flee the blaze, burning near Eneabba,280 kilometers north of Perth. The fire no longer threatened homes or lives, the fire authority said.

Nearly 50 firefighters brought the blaze under control Tuesday, but authorities warned hot weather and changing wind conditions could cause flare-ups. Residents were urged to remain alert.

The fire, which began Saturday, has consumed 76,600 acres (31,000 hectares) of land in the sparsely populated area.

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