WA Wheatbelt farmers faced anxious night watching for fire flare-ups

Thursday's bushfire takes hold and threatens farms in  Bindi Bindi and Walebing in the Shire of Moora.
Thursday's bushfire takes hold and threatens farms in Bindi Bindi and Walebing in the Shire of Moora.

FARMERS in the Wheatbelt near Moora endured an anxious night watching for flare-ups and spot fires after a bushfire threatened communities in Walebing and Bindi Bindi.

The fire was reported yesterday near Great Northern Highway and Cranmore Road in Walebing about 2.30pm before the Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued a watch and act warning.

Local volunteer firefighters got the blaze under control in hot and windy conditions just ahead of the sea breeze.

The warning has since been downgraded and the fire controlled and contained.

Crop and fence damage was reported along with “sparking power lines”.

“We were very lucky,” one member of the farming community said.

“Everyone safe,” another member said. “Thank you to everyone from far and wide who downed tools to help out.

“Our community has once again shown its true colours.”

The same area was hit by hail ahead of harvest last year.

It is not known how the fire, which jumped the highway, started.