Firefighters battle Broome blazes
Thick smoke is blanketing Broome. Picture: Kim Kirkman

Update, 1.25pm: A bushfire which came perilously close to the Roebuck Plains Roadhouse and petrol station 30km north-east of Broome has moved past and continued along the Great Northern Highway without incident.

A FESA Perth spokesman said firefighters had stationed themselves around the roadhouse earlier today in preparation, knowing weather conditions were consistent with a “blow up” day – where heat and strong easterly winds had a significant chance of increasingly the severity of the blaze.

Bushfire advice released by FESA earlier today for the roadhouse and 12 Mile, 18km east of Broome, suggested the fire which had been burning intermittently over the past week had again been contained.

However, local firefighters were forced to act when vegetation again burnt out of control.

Roebuck Plains Roadhouse cook Fran Rolt said the fire reached the fence line of the caravan park about 200m from the roadhouse but no-one was evacuated.

About a dozen people were staying at the park, she said.

Firefighters are expected to remain at the roadhouse mopping up for most of the day.

Meanwhile, about 25 Broome Bush Fire Service firefighters and FESA personnel are still fighting a blaze which ignited at the Broome Golf Course close to the port about 10.30am.

Broome Golf Club professional player Adam Elwell said the fire had started about 600m from the club house on the 15th hole and had quickly spread.

“It’s now spread through most of the back nine … we had to pull the players off the golf course,” Mr Elwell said.

“You could actually see some of the flames from the club house … it’s just like a big blanket of smoke … it’s heading north up Gubinge Road.”

Thick smoke continues to blanket Broome but all roads in Broome are open. However, motorists are advised to drive slowly and watch out for firefighters on the roads.

The Great Northern Highway from the roadhouse was closed briefly today but has since reopened.

The cause of both fires is unknown at this point.

The West Australian

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