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TEENS ACCIDENTALLY LIT BUSHFIRE
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.
The fire in bushland near Railway and Mundaring Weir roads in Kalamunda.