Scrub fire raises se­ri­ous con­cern: VFRS

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

Mar­garet River Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice work­ers were called to a scrub fire on Rail­way Ter­race on Sun­day night.

Au­thor­i­ties were alerted to a na­tive grass tree that was alight, and vol­un­teers as­sessed the sur­round­ing area.

The fire was put out just be­fore 8pm.

No other fires or peo­ple were found in the area, but VFRS Cap­tain Jeff Bushby sus­pected it was a de­lib­er­ately lit fire.

“This was a se­ri­ous of­fence, no mat­ter how big the fire was,” he said.

“Spot fires like this are not overly com­mon for Mar­garet River, but un­for­tu­nately it is be­com- ing more fre­quent, and it is a se­ri­ous con­cern. This kind of be­hav­iour is no longer iso­lated to the big cities like it used to be.

“It’s a re­gional mat­ter too, and it’s clearly linked to some kind of be­havioural is­sue.”

Mar­garet River VFRS asks any­one who wit­nesses sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour to call triple-0.

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