Terrifying moment high winds fan a wall of purple flames as firefighters battle otherworldly inferno

Firefighters battling a hellish inferno have experienced terrifying conditions as strong winds spread the fire which has been burning since Saturday

By Sahar Mourad For Daily Mail Australia

12 March 2018

Strong winds have caused a major headache for firefighters battling a blaze

Hundreds have been told to evacuate their homes in the face of bushfires

The sky was filled with smoke as tall as trees making it hard for residents to see

The fire burnt out 168 hectares of bushland threatening lives and homes

Dramatic pictures show the city’s buildings and roads smothered in smoke

A 23-year-old man has been charged and will appear in court on Monday

Firefighters battling a hellish inferno have battled through nightmarish conditions as strong winds spread the fire, which has been burning since Saturday.

The sky was filled with smoke as tall as trees and a wall of purple flames engulfed the area making it hard for residents and firefighters to see and breathe.

Hundreds have already evacuated their homes in Bunbury, south of Perth, as more than 80 firefighters continue to battle the inferno.

Hundreds have been told to evacuate their homes in the face of wild bushfires. Pictured: The blaze creates a huge cloud of smoke over houses

As many as 70,000 live in the Great Bunbury area. Pictured: Cars parked underneath clouds of smoke

The fire, which began around 1.30pm on Saturday, quickly moved west and north across the city, and burnt out 168 hectares of bushland threatening lives and homes. 

Dramatic pictures show the city’s buildings and roads smothered in clouds of thick smoke, and the blaze taller than the trees just metres away from front doors.

As many as 70,000 live in the Great Bunbury area.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia the blaze has since been contained and controlled. 

A 23-year-old man has been charged over the fire after he allegedly threw his cigarette butt into bushland. 

He is charged with Breach Duty of Care – Duty to a Person in Control of Ignition Source of Fire and is due to appear at Bunbury Magistrates Court on Monday.  

Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5489385/Terrifying-moment-wall-purple-flames-spreads-wild-inferno.html

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