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Inferno continues to burn as police suspect blaze started by arsonists


Bushfires continue to burn in Western Australia for a fourth day.

And as firefighters battle the inferno, WA Police are looking for suspected arsonists.

Strike Force Vulcan detectives believe the fire was deliberately lit near the area of Mammoth Cave in the northern corner of the Boranup Forest and are offering up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Fires in the Augusta-Margaret River region in Western Australia have been burning for at least four days, with many residents forced to evacuate.
Bushfires continue to burn for a fourth day across the Augusta-Margaret River region in Western Australia (9News)

Almost 6000 hectares have been scorched so far and emergency services expect fire fronts will burn through another 2000 in the coming days.

Inside the burnout zone, Conto campground shows just how quickly the bushfire emergency escalated.

Abandoned tents and picnics show just how swiftly campers were forced to flee days ago as the out-of-control bushfire hurtled through the coastal site.

WA bushfires continues to burn as police suspect blaze started by arsonists
Almost 6000 hectares have been scorched so far and emergency services expect fire fronts will burn through another 2000 in the coming days (9News)

The Boranup area is still closed to residents due to the fire activity but emergency services say it’s a miracle no homes or lives have been lost so far.

Although, serious concerns remain for missing Perth father Jordan Marshall, 40, who hasn’t been seen since Wednesday.

The last 24 hours has brought relief to firefighters and locals after a cool change in weather robbed the inferno of its intensity.

WA bushfires continues to burn as police suspect blaze started by arsonists
Authorities are not doing what they can to secure containment lines as the tourist town starts assessing the damage (9News)

Authorities are not doing what they can to secure containment lines as the tourist town starts assessing the damage.

Those with trips booked to WA over the holiday period are being encouraged to continue on with plans.

“Now is probably the time to support the region more than ever,” Sharna Kearney from Margaret River and Busselton Tourism Association told 9News.

“There are lots of places which are unaffected by fire right throughout the region and we encourage people to honour those travel plans they have in place and come on down.”



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