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Lighting sparks south-west bushfires

Wednesday February 13, 2013 - 14:22 EDT

At least nine bushfires were started by lightning yesterday afternoon when an intense thunderstorm passed through south-west Western Australia.

The Department of Environment and Conservation was called to at least five bushfires after lightning strikes were reported in the shires of Nannup, Donnybrook-Balingup and Bridgetown-Greenbushes.

A bushfire advice is in place for people between Nannup and Balingup.

Four bushfires were started around Manjimup, also from lightning.

A bushfire advice is in place for people in the Graphite Road area, west of Manjimup, and north of Donnelly Road, west of Yornup.


- ABC

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