MARGARET RIVER, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Fire fighters battle a breakout after a bush fire swept through the area on November 24, 2011 in Margaret River, Australia. Over 200 residents from Prevelly have gathered on a beach near to Margaret River's mouth as the blaze forced them from their houses. The bushfire has already destroyed over 1000 hectares north of Margaret River. According to WA's Department of Conservation (DEC) several homes have been destroyed so far. (Photo by Tony McDonough-Pool/Getty Images)
Numerous properties and homes have been destroyed by bush fires that swept through the western towns of Australia.