Gingin Police investigate bushfires

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Gingin Police seek information about suspicious bushfires which started in the eastern part of the Yanchep pine plantation. Picture: Anita McInnes

GINGIN Police are seeking information from the public after bushfires started in the Yanchep pine plantation about 11am on Sunday, October 23.

Police were notified after the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Department of Fire and Emergency Services officers had attended the bushfires.

The fires were brought under control by 4pm after 15ha of forest was burnt.

Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the pine plantation that morning and anyone who has information about the fires.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

At 7.37am on Monday, October 24 the Department of Parks and Wildlife announced a Bushfire ALL CLEAR for  eastern part of Yanchep Pine Plantation in the City of Wanneroo.

An ALL CLEAR advice has been issued for people within the vicinity of the eastern part of Yanchep Pine Plantation in the City of Wanneroo.

  • The bushfire that was burning in pine plantation has been contained and is under control.
  • Firefighters will monitor the area for the rest of the day
  • The danger has passed but you need to remain vigilant in case the situation changes.

WHAT TO DO:

  • Drive slowly and with caution due to smoke and emergency services personnel working in the area.

ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Roads have not been closed.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au OR CITY OF WANNEROO.

WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are patrolling the area and mopping up.
  • 60 Department of Parks and Wildlife, career, volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are attending.

EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:00 AM on 23 October 2016 and currently there has been 15 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is suspicious/deliberately lit.
  • People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Police Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
  • Parks and Wildlife is now managing the fire.

No further updates will be issued.