Fire bug on loose
AUTHORITIES believe a fire bug has been operating in Star Swamp bushland after several blazes in recent months.
A bushfire that burnt through 2ha of the North Beach reserve on March 18 was deemed suspicious by Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The fire started near the intersection of North Beach Road and Marmion Avenue about 1pm.
A WA Police spokeswoman said the arson squad was aware of four scrub fires in Star Swamp bushland this year.
“The arson squad is investigating the fires and a person was interviewed in relation to the fires,” she said.
“There was insuffi
cient evidence to charge this person.
“As with all fires being investigated by WA Police that have not resulted in charges, the investigation remains open pending any further information from the community.”
Stirling Deputy Mayor Bianca Sandri said it was understood there was a recidivist fire lighter in the area.
“There have been at least six small fires lit in the southern section of Star Swamp Bushland Reserve in recent months,” she said.
“The City is working with the DFES fire investigation and analysis unit and WA Police arson squad to identify any persons involved.”
A DFES spokeswoman said matters relating to arson were to be dealt with WA police but confirmed recent fires occurred at Star Swamp on March 7 and 10.
Ms Sandri said the City was working closely with
Friends of Star Swamp Bushland to monitor the site during the natural regeneration process.
“The City is confident this section of bushland will naturally revegetate in the years to come with limited intervention,” she said.
“We anticipate a lot of native germination, which will replenish the area with native vegetation.”
The City is repairing fence lines that were cut for emergency access and cleaned up the temporary earth brakes used to extinguish the blaze.
“Some trees sustained damage during the installation of the earth break,” Ms Sandri said.
“These trees have been trimmed to improve the health of the trees and reduce their risk of disease.
“Vegetation has been placed on the mineral earth break to encourage seeds to fall and germinate in areas which were cleared.”
Anyone with information on Star Swamp fires is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperswa.com.au.
People providing information may remain anonymous and rewards of up to $50,000 are available.