Com­mu­nity help urged to stop de­lib­er­ately lit fires

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ More de­lib­er­ately lit fires were recorded in the build-up and wet sea­son in the Pil­bara than any­where else in re­gional WA last year.

A to­tal of 191 de­lib­er­ately lit fires were re­ported be­tween Au­gust 2014 and Fe­bru­ary 2015, sec­ond only to Perth in WA.

Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent David Diver said de­lib­er­ately lit fires ac­counted for the ma­jor­ity of fires re­ported in to­tal in the Pil­bara dur­ing the last fire sea­son.

“Vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers are ready and able to re­spond to bush­fires, but it’s dis­ap­point­ing when in­ci­dents can be pre­vented,” he said.

“We urge the com­mu­nity to re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour to Po­lice Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

“Your help in re­port­ing sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour may stop the next ma­jor bush­fire.” Mr Diver said 357 bush or scrub fires had been re­ported to DFES dur­ing that time.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ar­son was linked to most of the Pil­bara fires last fire sea­son.

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