Australian Bushfires Australian bushfire
West Australia's biggest bushfire centred on the town of Northcliffe and burnt through nearly 85,000 hectares and prompted questions about the role of prescribed burning in the state.
Incident controller Greg Mair told a packed community meeting in the nearby town of Pemberton that Northcliffe "was not out of the woods yet" but Windy Harbour was "quite safe".
He said favourable weather conditions and work done by firefighters had made a huge difference.
Authorities had feared the fire would destroy Northcliffe, which had been declared indefensible, but managed to prevent it from doing so.