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Tambellup on red alert during bushfire emergency

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A road block at the Tambellup-Broomehill Road.
Camera IconA road block at the Tambellup-Broomehill Road. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Great Southern Herald

Tambellup came under emergency warning last Thursday as a bushfire burned towards the town.

The fire started about 11.15am near the Gnowangerup-Tambellup Road.

At 12.50pm on Thursday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services issued an emergency warning for people in the Tambellup town site.

That alert was downgraded to a watch and act just before 2pm, then downgraded further to an advice about 5.45pm.

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A Cranbrook volunteer fire truck heads towards the blaze.
Camera IconA Cranbrook volunteer fire truck heads towards the blaze. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen /Great Southern Herald

Volunteer firefighters had the blaze contained and under control by 3.50pm.

At the peak of the emergency, an evacuation centre was set up at the Broomehill Recreation Complex.

The blaze was one of at least 15 bushfires sparked last Thursday in an area bordered by Tambellup, Wagin, Lake Grace and Ongerup.

An evacuation centre was established in Broomehill.
Camera IconAn evacuation centre was established in Broomehill. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Great Southern Herald

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