Hose put on ru­mours


Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

THREE teenagers in­volved in start­ing a bush­fire in Kala­munda on Tues­day have re­ceived a writ­ten cau­tion from Ar­son Squad in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Fire­fight­ers were out in force on the same day bat­tling blazes in Gidge­gan­nup, Chit­ter­ing, Kings Park and Au­gusta.

Strike Force Vul­can of­fi­cers said their in­quiry re­vealed the 14year-olds ac­ci­den­tally started the Kala­munda fire and re­ferred them to the Ju­ve­nile and Fam­ily Fire Aware­ness Pro­gram for chil­dren in­volved in fire light­ing.

A po­lice spokes­woman said a lo­cal so­cial me­dia post about teenagers seen in the area car­ry­ing jerry cans was in­cor­rect.

Crews from three bri­gades at­tended the fire re­ported at 11.26am in bush­land near Rail­way and Mun­dar­ing Weir roads and close to the Kala­munda town cen­tre.

City of Kala­munda ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ings, Holy Fam­ily Church and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties are in Rail­way Road.

Roads were blocked and the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices is­sued an alert.

The ‘all clear’ came more than three hours later, with some fire­fight­ers re­main­ing in the area to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

Overnight on Mon­day, winds of up to 50km/h fanned an out-of-con­trol bush­fire threat­en­ing lives and homes in parts of Gidge­gan­nup.

DFES is­sued an emer­gency warn­ing to peo­ple north of Burgess Road, east of Cam­per­sic Road, south of Gogul­gur Stock Route and west of O’Brien Road.

Emer­gency alerts are given when homes will be af­fected by a fire and res­i­dents must act to sur­vive.

Roads re­mained open through­out the blaze, but mo­torists were ad­vised to avoid the area.

The fire started about 11pm at the in­ter­sec­tion of Burgess Road and O’Brien Road.

DFES re­ported the fire con­tained early Wed­nes­day morn­ing, with fire­fight­ers stay­ing to mop up more than 60ha of burnt bush­land.

Po­lice said the fire was ac­ci­den­tal and not un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the ar­son squad.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d478846

The fire in bush­land near Rail­way and Mun­dar­ing Weir roads in Kala­munda.

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