Arson destroys 10ha of bush

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
An unrelated fire picture.
Camera IconAn unrelated fire picture. Credit: Supplied/Supplied

Ten hectares of picturesque bushland in Yallingup burnt to a crisp in an act of arson this week.

Reported at 8.13am on Monday, a watch and act alert was issued for an area bounded by Caves Road to the east, Wyadup Road to the north, and Quinninup Road to the south.

The alert level was downgraded to advice by 4pm, and by Wednesday at 9.42am the fire had been determined stationary and non-threatening by the Parks and Wildlife service.

“Local police are investigating the fire, which has been determined to be deliberately lit,” a WA Police spokesperson said.

A Parks and Wildlife spokesperson said multiple ignition points had been identified.

“Around 60 firefighters from the ... Parks and Wildlife service, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, and Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades were able to contain the bushfire ... with additional support from four water-bombers and two helitacs,” the spokesperson said.

The Times was told there would likely be minimal impact to the flora and fauna in the area.

“There is no threat to lives or homes, but (people) need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes,” the spokesperson said. The fire started near the intersection of Tilly and Quinninup roads and continued to burn for more than 48 hours.

Yallingup resident Julia Lang said she was “very upset” by the deliberate destruction of the bushland. “I was in Margaret River at the time and we raced straight back because we have the most amazing bush in that area ... not only for flora and fauna but also for people’s homes,” she said.

“It’s a huge tragedy, and when we found out it’s been deliberately lit, it’s extremely sad,” she said.

Firefighters were yesterday still at the scene to patrol the area and mop up. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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