The pictures you see on this page indicate the desolation of the bush (after a fire) between Broome and Hedland.
We drove right through the bush fire that raged on either side of the road. It would have been dangerous to stop, so went drove a little further on the road to a clearing. We stopped the 4WD and Sandra got out and took pictures.
The fire was prevented from reaching the road by grading either side up to twice the normal width of a road. It seems to be standard practice in the country, perhaps as a means of preventing kangaroos surprising motorists and also as a fire break.