Farmers on Western Australia’s south coast are still coming to terms with the extent of losses after devastating bushfires tore through the region last week.
An escaped burn in the Stirling Range National Park resulted in 17,200 hectares being burnt, with about one fifth occurring on private property.
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Mixed farmer Mal Thomson grows crops and runs sheep next to the Stirling Ranges.
He lost nearly 400 pregnant sheep and their lambs when a bushfire ripped through his property early Friday morning, fanned by intense wind.
“There was a mob of ewes in the first paddock we were at … there were about 460 twin-bearing ewes,” he said.
“They had started lambing … three days prior to the fire. They just had nowhere to go.”