Investigators start hunt for arsonists
THERE have been several suspicious fires across the region this week but Arson Squad detectives do not think they were caused by a serial arsonist.
On Tuesday, crews were kept busy with a bushfire near Port Kennedy Drive and Bakewell Drive in Port Kennedy.
There was also a fire in Singleton, near Cockatoo Close and Harmony Parade.
On Saturday, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to a bushfire in Baldivis near Millar Road and Wellard Road at 2.20pm. The fire burnt about 24ha.
A second fire was a short distance away along Wellard Road in an area about 500m southeast of the Bertram/Wellard roundabout. The fire burnt about 0.5ha.
Investigators believe a man seen in the area at the time may be able to assist with their inquiries. He was described as being about 20 years of age, fair skinned, with dark curly hair, wearing fluoro or high-visibility clothing and riding an orange bike.
On Friday, February 9 there was a fire on Bayside Boulevard near Barcelona Grange, Port Kennedy and at the back of the Links Kennedy Bay golf course about 10.30pm.
It is believed a person set off a flare from Port Kennedy Drive, which went over the golf course and landed in bushland, starting the first fire.
About 20 minutes later, a second flare was set off, starting the second fire.
Strong winds pushed the fires toward nearby homes. The fire zone had previously been used by the military and created a risk to emergency personal due to the possibility of unexploded ordinance. About 6ha of bushland was burnt. Investigators are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa. com.au.
Rewards of up to $50,000 are available for information that leads to the identification and conviction of an arsonist.
Police want information to help catch those respon- sible for recent fires, including the Baldivis blaze.