Firebombers help put out plantation fire

Fire bombers and Department of Parks and Wildlife personnel put out a fire in the Yanchep pine plantation. File picture

A Fire in the Yanchep pine plantation on Monday, March 14 was quickly brought under control with only 3ha of land destroyed.

A Department of Parks and Wildlife spokesman said the whole plantation was considered Carnaby’s black cockatoo feeding area.

He said the fire near Water and Miranda roads on the eastern boundary of the Yanchep pine plantation was reported at 10.10am.

Thirty Department of Parks and Wildlife personnel (with six heavy duty, three heavy machines and five light units) attended the fire, which was under control by 12.25pm.

Four contracted firebombing aircraft were also involved.

About the time the plantation fire was brought under control WA Police said no roads in the area were closed but were still warning motorists to be aware of smoke and to watch for firefighters and their equipment in the area.