Fire threatens Adventist campground
Updated 9.05 am, Friday, January 8, 2016
Waroona, Western Australia
An out-of-control bushfire has reportedly destroyed homes and other buildings in the town of Yarloop, Western Australia.
WA Today, in an update on the blaze early this morning, said there are unconfirmed reports the entire town has burnt down. So far no lives have been lost.
Pastor Terry Johnson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Western Australia, said in a post on Facebook yesterday a change in the winds had pushed the fire towards the Adventist campground known as Camp Logue Brook (CLB), and that there was a 75 per cent chance the property would be affected.
Local residents, including at least one Adventist family, in several towns south of Perth were advised yesterday to leave their homes or stay and defend.
"Please keep our [campground] manager Ken and Lesley Topperwien in prayer as well as our church members and fellow residents who live in Harvey, Waroona, Yarloop and the area," wrote Pastor Johnson.
Pastor Johnson said more than 80 teens are scheduled to arrive at CLB this coming Tuesday for a camp, including 30 staff.
Church leaders are keeping a close eye on the situation and will adjust plans accordingly if the fire impacts the campground.