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Out of control bushfire burns close to Nambeelup properties

More than 70 firefighters have worked around the clock to extinguish a bushfire, which prompted an emergency warning for Nambeelup residents on Thursday. 

It’s understood the uncontrolled blaze started about 8:15am, near Lakes Road and has burnt through more than 170 hectares. 

About midday, a bushfire emergency warning was issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services as the fire raged out of control and unpredictable. 

The fire burnt across Local farmer Lindsay Bakers’ land and came dangerously close to his cattle. 

Mr Baker said the two houses on the farm were fine but they had to move their cattle quickly. 

“Fortunatly, with a couple of good blokes we’ve here, Christopher and Cruize, we got them all out,” he said.

“We probably shifted two hundred head which are safe now.

“I think the North Dandalup Fire Brigade are equal to the world’s best, they’re on top of everything. 

“Good luck to the firies and thank you to all the help they give us.”

A firefighter was injured battling the blaze after a tree fell on him. 

He’s been treated by St John Ambulance. 

Farmer Lindsay Baker along his water tank at the Nambeelup bushfire. Photo: Tex Reeks.

As of Tuesday December 10, a bushfire advice remains in place for the people of Nambeelup.

Firefighters are mopping up the blaze.

However, the situation can change at anytime.

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au or call 13 DFES (13 3337) to keep updated on the situation.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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