Fire­fight­ers kept busy by seven blazes

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr, Re­becca Parish and Glenn Cord­ing­ley

■ Seven scrub fires, at least two of them be­lieved sus­pi­cious at time of print, have kept fire­fight­ers in the North West busy in the past week.

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices con­firmed a fire which started in Mill­streamChich­ester Na­tional Park near Kar­ratha last week was be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

The blaze was first re­ported in the North West sec­tion of the na­tional park, along­side the Kar­ratha-Tom Price Road on Fri­day.

No roads or recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties were closed at time of print.

As of Mon­day the fire re­mained un­con­tained.

Ear­lier in the week, a blaze was re­ported in Mu­ru­juga Na­tional Park be­tween Hear­son’s Cove and Bur­rup Road on Thurs­day.

The fire was dealt with overnight by Dampier Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

In South Hed­land two threat­ened homes and last week.

DFES Pil­bara Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Dave Diver said DFES and in­dus­try fire crews had been called upon to pro­vide “as­set pro­tec­tion” for Bosna Es­tate af­ter a fire flared

fires in­fra­struc­ture up on Wed­nes­day. The blaze sparked up again on Thurs­day and caused Hori­zon Power to cut power to about 50 homes.

A Hori­zon Power spokes­woman said two pil­lars and some un­der­ground wiring were burnt out and four re­mote me­ter­ing switch­boards dam­aged.

South Hed­land Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Al Keough said cars, sheds and a car­a­van were also dam­aged.

Sen. Sgt Keough urged peo­ple to be vig­i­lant in the warmer months.

Three fires were also burn­ing in the Kim­ber­ley re­gion, with one on Cape Leveque deemed sus­pi­cious and the other two with causes un­known at the time of print.

Any­one who may have seen any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour re­gard­ing any of the fires is asked to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Fire­fight­ers on the scene at the Bur­rup Penin­sula fire last week.

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