DPaW firefighters busy in the south-west

Fire officer battles a bushfire on departmental land
Fire officer battles a bushfire on departmental land Leigh Sage DPaW

Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) firefighters have been responding to more than a dozen fires across the State since early yesterday.

DPaW regional duty officer Brad Barton said more than 50 personnel working out of 16 trucks and three earth-moving machines had been activated in DPaW’s Donnelly District alone to attack bushfires in the area and to assist with fires on private property.

“Our staff have been working hard over the last 48 hours to get these fires under control and ensure they don’t impact lives, homes, infrastructure and our environment,” he said.

“Thunderstorms brought lightning that started the fires in the area, which were fuelled by hot weather and some wind. One fire began as a result of a private landholder’s roadside burn-off.

“Milder and more favourable conditions today have assisted our efforts so we can now concentrate mostly on mopping up.”

Across the south-west of the State, a bushfire in the Dingup State Forest that had the potential to threaten homes yesterday afternoon in the locality of Middlesex, south-east of Manjimup, has been contained.

Two fires south of Muir’s Highway, east of Manjimup, a fire near Tonebridge in the Shire of Boyup Brook and a fire in Wellington National Park have now been declared all clear.

In addition, water bombers are assisting DPaW firefighters with suppression efforts of a fire that started last night at Tordit-Gurrup Lagoon in Lake Muir Nature Reserve in inaccessible country.

Mr Barton said it was a reminder that all landowners needed to prepare their properties for the bushfire season and future seasons ahead.

Preparing for bushfire is everyone’s responsibility and the community has a key role to play.

“DPaW recently began itsspring prescribed burning program in the south-west to help reduce risks on departmental landand will continue to take safe and effective opportunities to burn.”

Meanwhile, in the north of WA, a fire at Geikie Gorge near Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley that began on the weekend is now contained despite 45 degree plus temperatures yesterday. Fire crews are mopping up and will walk roadways to check for hazards. It is expected to be at least two days before the area is declared safe. 

DPaW firefighters have been monitoring a bushfire near Onslow since last Wednesday. The fire burnt about 4,500 hectares along the North West Coastal Highway. It has now been declared all clear.

For information about fires on DPaW-managed land visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/news/alerts

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