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Community pitches in at Cape Arid bushfire

Community pitches in at Cape Arid bushfire

The Department of Parks and Wildlife today thanked the community for its cooperation and support during the bushfires in Cape Arid National Park this week.

Parks and Wildlife Incident Controller Greg Broomhall said the department was appreciative of the assistance provided from local businesses, volunteers and community members.

“The locals have pulled out all the stops to support us, including businesses which have supplied catering and bulk food, accommodation, fuel, transport and equipment - we really can’t thank them enough,” he said.

“We also had incredible support from the Mt Howick, Mt Beaumont, Condingup, Neridup and urban rural volunteer bushfire brigades, the Shire of Esperance, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and State Emergency Service volunteers.

“In addition, Parks and Wildlife fire officers came in from Kalgoorlie, Albany, Ravensthorpe and Perth to assist and relieve our exhausted local fire crews.”

The park remains closed and efforts are continuing to contain and secure the fire ground.

“We will be keeping the park closed until at least early next week to ensure the area is safe and will do everything we can to prevent the risk of flare-ups,” Mr Broomhall said.

 “The park has important natural assets including critically endangered western ground parrot habitat as well as internal roads and visitor facilities, and protecting these is a priority.

“Specifically, we will be burning out some unburnt pockets, extinguishing hotspots near the edges of the fires and completing and consolidating containment lines.

“We appreciate the patience of locals and visitors to the area.”

The lightning-caused fires have burnt about 16,500ha and started on Sunday 18 October. Seal Creek campground and Poison Creek day use area have been burnt.

 

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Last modified on Friday, 23 October 2015 08:46