Cars, trucks brought through WA fire zone

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said there was a possible threat to lives and homes.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said there was a possible threat to lives and homes.

ABOUT 300 people have been moved through a fire zone in Western Australia where a blaze has closed the Eyre Highway for several days.

Authorities organised a convoy on Monday to ferry vehicles through the fire ground where a watch and act warning remains in place.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services said the convoy to Norseman and Esperance was considered the safest way to help those stranded at Caiguna.

Previously those stopped in cars and trucks at the town had been advised their best option was to return east.

At that stage supplies in the town were running low.

DFES said supplies were also limited in Norseman, west of the fire, and there was no accommodation available.

Only those considered self-sufficient were advised to stay in the town.

In response to the growing number of people stopped by the fire, St John Ambulance recently established first aid posts at Norseman and Caiguna to offer assistance.

The fire has been burning since December 20 with the watch and act warning extended partly because of worsening weather conditions over the coming days.

Temperatures will push into the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of a cool change with strong winds.

The blaze is still considered out of control and unpredictable and is impacting the Eyre Highway on both sides at a number of locations.