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Summary

  1. A huge bushfire has engulfed Yarloop in Western Australia and is threatening nearby towns
  2. Nearly 100 homes have been destroyed in Yarloop, a historic town
  3. Three people have been reported missing
  4. Nearly 60,000 hectares (600 sq km) of land around Perth have been burned
  5. All times GMT

Live Reporting

By Tessa Wong and Anna Jones

All times stated are UK

  1. End of live coverage

    We're bringing our live coverage of the Waroona fire in Western Australia to an end. It has destroyed nearly 100 homes and buildings in Yarloop and emergency warnings are in place for Harvey, Myalup, and Waroona. 

    There are conflicting reports over whether three missing people have been found - some reports say three people who reported to a rescue centre were not those officially listed as missing.

    You can follow the latest news on the fire on our main story

  2. Horses set free amid WA fires

    As residents have fled the fires, some with horses have reportedly set them free with phone numbers painted on them, presumably in the hope that others who find the horses will return them afterward.

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  3. People still missing in fires?

    The Guardian is reporting that there may still be people missing - the paper has been told by emergency officials that a family of three who turned up were not those registered as missing.

  4. 'Looting' amid Waroona fire

    There are unconfirmed reports on Twitter and elsewhere that there may be looting occuring in Yarloop, Waroona, and other places affected by the fire. One local paper said that the looters appeared to be youths on bicycles.

  5. Yarloop community bands together

    Despite the devastation of their town, residents of Yarloop remained resilient, said volunteer firefighter Chris Gable. "They’re shocked and in disbelief at what happened. But yet they’re still got a sense of humour. 

    "The pub went up [in flames] and someone said, 'Yeah but the police station is still standing!' 

    "These people cheered themselves up with their own sense of humour. The community is very tight," he told the BBC.

  6. Firefighter witnesses Yarloop devastation

    Volunteer firefighter Chris Gable, who was at Yarloop when the Waroona fire engulfed it last night, told the BBC: "The fire was very, very fast, it was coming over the trees.  We left town for a bit [last night] and when we came back the fire shed was gone, the volunteers' cars parked at the shed were on fire, and the pub and museum were all gone."

  7. Close call for volunteer firefighter

    WA resident Chris Gable was fighting fires last night at Yarloop. He told the BBC that his brigade had a close call with the fast-moving blaze: "We saw the fire come down the hill and it was incredible... We were lucky that the wind changed at the right time and the fire went right around us. It just passed as we just ran out of water. We did have an escape plan but that was a close call. At one point it was just 30m from us"

  8. Missing people 'accounted for'

    ABC News is reporting that all the three people reported missing in the fire have been accounted for. 

  9. Emergency assistance funds available

    Kim Hames, acting premier of Western Australia, has told a meeting of local people they'll be eligible to claim up to A$3,000 (£1,450; $2,115) in disaster assistance immediately for lost or damaged homes. 

  10. Another WA town now under threat

    Emergency services officials have now included another town, Myalup, in its bushfire emergency warning. Homes are under threat as well at Preston Beach, Lake Clifton, Waroona, Cookernup and Yarloop.

  11. Power cuts across fire zone

    Western Power says the Waroona fire has left some 3,900 people with electricity, and that it isn't yet safe to go in to repair the damage. 

    It is expecting "significant rebuilding of the network will be required based on the size of the fire zone and the number of assets in the area".

  12. 'Total fire ban'

    A Total Fire Ban is in place in parts of Western Australia, including Perth Metropolitan. This means no open air fires, no "hot work" like welding or soldering, and no other "activities that may start a fire".

    Breaking the ban can mean a fine of up to A$25,000 (£12,000; $17,600) and/or jail time of up to a year.