Desperate farmers who have chosen to stay and protect their properties have queued down Witchcliffe streets to apply for permits to travel through bushfire-ravaged areas in the State’s South West. The farmers were told that in order to travel to Margaret River for supplies and get back home, via the Bussell Highway roadworks, they would need to obtain a special permit. One farmer told the West Australian he had been bounced between Margaret River and Witchcliffe for two hours trying to secure his pass. “This morning I needed to get some food and was told I couldn’t get back in without a permit so I went to do what I had to but no one seemed to know what was going on,” he said. “We went to the evacuation centre, to (the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction) who send us to (Department of Fire and Emergency Services) and now we’re here in Witchcliffe at the roadblock finally getting it.” When asked why they wanted to stay and act, the farmers said they felt more confident their homes would be protected if they were there than relying on the already stretched firefighters. Dozens of farmers and locals were at the Margaret River evacuation point at Gloucester Park on Friday morning to find out the latest on the bushfire’s movements. Police at the scene said all travellers and motorists had been complying with their directions and those without permits had turned around when asked.