Choppers Sent To WA To Help Fight Fires
Firefighters are working to contain a bushfire, south of Perth, that has killed at least two people and destroyed 128 homes.
Two NSW-based helicopters have left for Western Australia to help battle the fire.
The choppers will join more than 60 firefighters from NSW who have been deployed to help fatigued crews battle a blaze raging since Wednesday.
Firefighters will take advantage of favourable weather conditions to build and consolidate containment lines around the fires south of Perth, the DFES said on Sunday morning.
West Australian Police believe the fire has claimed the lives of two men, aged 73 and 77, who have been missing since the fire swept across Yarloop on Thursday night.
Human remains were found in two burnt-out houses in the fire-ravaged town on Saturday.
No formal identification has been made, but the families of both men have been advised of the developments.
"Further forensic work will need to be undertaken once it is deemed safe to do so, and reports will be prepared for the WA coroner," a police spokesman said.
Earlier on Saturday, police had said three people were missing from the blaze, which also wiped out at least 10 other structures in Yarloop, including historic buildings.
Malcolm Taylor from Yarloop is one of the men feared dead, a family member told AAP.
The family member, who did not want to be named, said no one had heard from him since the fire destroyed the town, and he had not registered himself with authorities.
When she last spoke with the 73-year-old, who requires a hearing aid, he said he was going to stay at his house.
An emergency warning remains in place for a large part of the region, where more than 70,800 hectares have been burnt since the lightning-sparked fire began on Wednesday.
Four firefighters have been injured battling the blaze.
Thousands of properties remain without power, and some 835 people have registered at evacuation centres.
A community meeting has been scheduled for 11.30am on Sunday at Waroona Recreation Centre.