Board­walk up in flames

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A bush­fire has de­stroyed a board­walk and forced the clo­sure of Dales Gorge and sur­rounds in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.

The wooden plat­form at Fern Pool was com­pletely de­stroyed af­ter a fire caused by light­ning burned in and around the gorge for five days from De­cem­ber 29.

Both ends of Dales Gorge re­main closed while park staff work to make the area safe, which is ex­pected to take sev­eral weeks.

The nearby camp­ground and day-use recre­ation area has also been closed, along with Ban­jima Drive be­tween Kar­i­jini Drive and Kalam­ina Road.

The Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife, the Shire of Ash­bur­ton and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers from Tom Price helped con­trol the blaze, which burnt through 18,000ha. Dales Gorge, on the eastern side of Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park, is one of the most pop­u­lar gorges in the park, with up­graded metal walk­ways re­cently in­stalled to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the Fortes­cue Falls end.

Pic­tures: Dan Petersen/Parks and Wildlife

A bush­fire caused by light­ning burnt through 18,00ha at Dales Gorge in Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park.

Dales Camp­ground re­mains closed.

Dam­age at Fern Pool af­ter the fire.

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