Park­erville blaze seared in his­tory

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

BUSH­FIRES have been a loom­ing threat to the Hills and per­haps none more dev­as­tat­ing than the 2014 Park­erville fires that razed 57 homes.

A ter­mite-rid­den power pole out­side a Park­erville home fell over in Jan­uary 2014 and sparked a blaze that de­stroyed 392ha of bush­land.

While the power pole was pri­vately owned, En­er­gySafety found ter­mite de­posits near the top of the pole would have been vis­i­ble to a Western Power con­trac­tor con­nect­ing a ca­ble to it in July 2013. How­ever, Western Power has laid the blame on Noreen Camp­bell (86), whose rot­ten power pole col­lapsed.

A class ac­tion trial is cur­rently un­der­way in the Supreme Court.

In 2005 a bush­fire burnt 27,000ha, de­stroyed the Ber­ak­ing pine plan­ta­tion, threat­ened water qual­ity in Mun­dar­ing Weir and Can­ning Dam and blan­keted the city in smoke for days.

Smoke haze has been a bone of con­tention amongst Hills res­i­dents in re­cent years, with more to come fol­low­ing a warn­ing from the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions that it will rou­tinely hold pre­scribed burn­ing ahead of sum­mer bush­fire sea­son.

The Hills Gazette has told count­less sto­ries over the decades, from the in­creas­ing role of women in bush­fire brigades to res­i­dents flee­ing the flames. And rest as­sured we will be there to tell them in the fu­ture.

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