Australia — WESTERN Power has been accused of causing a January 2009 bushfire in Two Rocks by failing to maintain its power lines. The Department of Commerces EnergySafety division is prosecuting the utility over the fire, which burned 7500ha of bushland and 2500ha of Yanchep pine plantation with about $100 million damage.
EnergySafety director Ken Bowron said it would be alleged Western Power failed to safely maintain its 22,000 volt Wanneroo North power line along Breakwater Drive.
It will be alleged two live 22,000 volt conductors shorted out on one of the power line spans adjacent to Breakwater Drive and that falling hot metal globules ignited dry stubble on the ground, resulting in the bushfire, he said.
Western Power could face a fine of up to $250,000.
A hearing will be held in Joondalup Magistrates Court on February 18.