Firefighters Injured in WA Bushfire

According to an ABC report, while fighting a bushfire at a pine plantation in Western Australia two firefighters received life-threatening injuries when the wind changed direction yesterday.

A 24-year-old woman received burns to 40% of her body and the second firefighter a 45-year-old woman 60% burns to her body. The Royal Flying Doctor Service airlifted both to the Royal Perth Hospital where they were in critical condition.

Last night the Fire and Emergency services (FESA) released fire warning advice for Two Peoples Bay Rd to the east of Albany that was located near a nature reserve.

Bruce Jones, the state duty director of FESA, stated that the injured firefighters worked with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) as well as the bushfire brigade from the local area.

He said that the first reports on the incident had indicated the firefighters were trapped on a slope as the fire changed direction in strong winds. At the same time three appliances sustained damage and a further two were burnt out.

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