Ku­dardup fireys con­tain es­caped blaze

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

A mi­nor bush­fire off Caves Road in the south of the shire was caused by an es­caped pri­vate burn.

The Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice man­aged the re­sponse to the blaze, but Ku­dardup Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Brigade was first on the scene and con­tained the fire.

Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River chief bush­fire con­trol of­fi­cer David Hol­land said the re­sponse was scaled back to a sin­gle truck.

“The fire burnt ap­prox­i­mately half a hectare and was pre­dom­i­nantly on pri­vate land, with some im­pact to Shire re­serve and De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions land,” he said. “Landown­ers are en­cour­aged to (en­sure) that all fire­fight­ing equip­ment is ser­viced and ready for use.”

The blaze fol­lows warn­ings last week from fire­fight­ers that weather con­di­tions were per­fect for burn­ing off — pro­vided burn piles were kept small and mon­i­tored.

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