Australia's forests
Australia's forests

Firefighters in Western Australia managed to control six fires in the state's south-west, and authorities said they were most likely deliberately lit as rain helped contain a week-long fire that destroyed 86 homes in perth hills.

The state Fire and Emergency Services Department said all suspicious fires, which are now under investigation, started around the same time Saturday evening and were close to each other.

Heavy rains early in the week helped contain the fires and allowed firefighters to control a devastating fire that took 27,181 acres of land.

Thousands were forced to flee their homes last week in Perth, holding a five-day public isolation on Monday on the state capital after Western Australia detected its first MERS-CoV infection in 10 months.

Source: Today News