Animals perish in blaze as fears grow

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
Another fire was reported in bushland in Abbey last week.
Camera IconAnother fire was reported in bushland in Abbey last week.

Another fire was reported in bushland in Abbey last week, just one day before Saturday’s fire emergency in Yallingup and Injidup.

Charred land and dead animals were found by residents near Jones Way and MacIntyre Street prompting local concern about a series of Busselton and Dunsborough fires.

But South West District Superintendent Geoff Stewart said the fire — which was raging at 4.50am — was not believed to have been started deliberately. Department of Fire and Emergency Services firefighters extinguished the blaze in the early hours of February 5.

Abbey local Helena Nicholson witnessed the aftermath and thought it may have been a deliberate act.

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“This fire was a risk to lives and homes, it was so close to the residents there,” she said.

In addition to the Yallingup and Injidup fire emergency over the weekend, multiple groynes in the Capes have reportedly been set alight over the past month and Ms Nicholson said one groyne in Abbey had experienced four separate attacks throughout February.

She suggested night vision cameras in the area were needed to catch perpetrators in the act.

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