Bushfire contained in Perth’s north

Bushfire contained in Perth’s north

24 December 2006

published by www.smh.com.au

Australia — A suspicious bushfire which briefly threatened homes in Perth’s north has been contained, fire authorities say.

The Fire and Emergency Services Association (FESA) said the fire started shortly before 3pm (WDT) Saturday in Shepherds Bush Reserve in the suburb of Kingsley.

FESA spokesman Rick Tyers said about 35 firefighters were on the scene at the peak of the blaze, supported by four fixed-wing water bombers.

“The fire is under control now … we’re just into a mop-up situation,” Mr Tyers said shortly after 4pm (WDT).

“There were some homes that were under threat initially but that was certainly put to rest very early in the piece.”

Mr Tyers said the cause of the fire was suspicious and an investigation was under way.

“It started near a walking track that goes through the park here and, on a day like today, things don’t just start without some intervention.”

Darren Thorn, a resident of Firetail Crescent which borders the reserve, said the fire had been fanned by strong winds.

“It seems to be under control … with that easterly wind it went through pretty fast, Mr Thorn said.

“Three quarters of the way in the bush there’s a pathway and it seems to have started there and headed west from that with the wind.”

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