Region dodges serious burn
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.