Re­gion dodges se­ri­ous burn

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A FENCE was the only prop­erty dam­aged in a bush­fire which threat­ened lives and homes in the City of Ar­madale and Ser­pen­tine-Jar­rah­dale last Wed­nes­day .

The blaze be­gan near the in­ter­sec­tion of Ad­mi­ral Road and Al­bany High­way in Bed­fordale at 4.47pm, burn­ing 125 ha of bush and State For­est.

The Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife, which raised the alarm af­ter de­tect­ing the fire with fire spot­ter air­craft, has not re­ceived any re­ports of any in­jured wildlife.

Parks and Wildlife dis­patched wa­ter bomb­ing air­craft and staff, heavy fire­fight­ing ap­pli­ances and earth-mov­ing ma­chin­ery to man­age the fire.

Equip­ment was brought in from as far away as Yanchep, Col­lie and Harvey. Rain helped fire crews con­tain the blaze.

About 130 fire­fight­ers at­tended the fire in­clud­ing Vol­un­teer Fire Res­cue, Bush­fire Ser­vices and DFES fire crews.

Parks and Wildlife will de­velop a plan to ad­dress is­sues around ero­sion, re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing tracks made to con­tain the fire, weed con­trol and re­pair­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“Na­tive plants have evolved to cope with fire and as such, those killed will re­gen­er­ate from seed and those scorched will soon be send­ing out fresh green shoots,” a Parks and Wildlife spokes­woman said.

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices (DFES) said there were two fires burn­ing in State For­est but whether they ig­nited sep­a­rately or if em­ber spots from one caused the other had not been de­ter­mined.

The cause of the fire re­mains un­known and the Po­lice Ar­son Squad have be­gun in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Peo­ple are asked to re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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