Premier fumes over ‘deliberately lit’ fires

Multiple bushfires in WA's south overnight that threatened lives and homes are believed to have been deliberately lit.

Six fires were started in the Yallingup and Busselton areas, which reached the emergency level warning on Saturday evening.

"The cause of the fire is suspicious/deliberately lit," the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said in its alert.

Arson Squad detectives are travelling to Yallingup to investigate the cause of a fires.

"Investigators are appealing for anyone with information regarding the fire to call Crime Stoppers," police said in a statement on Sunday.

In a stern warning, Premier Mark McGowan said: "To anyone thinking of deliberately lighting a fire, you'll get caught and the penalties are severe, including serious jail time."

The blaze is now stationary and DFES says rain in the area significantly reduced the intensity of the fire.

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, campsites, Cape to Cape track, Sugarloaf and Canal Rocks have reopened but people are urged to be mindful of crews operating in the area.

"Firefighters are monitoring the situation, patrolling the area and mopping up," DFES said.

 

Meanwhile, rain overnight also helped firefighters battling the catastrophic Perth Hills bushfire that wiped out 86 homes.

It has been a particularly rough week for firefighters in WA. Career firefighter Mick Dybac captured this moment of fellow senior firefighter David Ellis in front of a home they had just saved in the Wooroloo bushfire. Picture: Supplied by DFES via NCA NewsWire
It has been a particularly rough week for firefighters in WA. Career firefighter Mick Dybac captured this moment of fellow senior firefighter David Ellis in front of a home they had just saved in the Wooroloo bushfire. Picture: Supplied by DFES via NCA NewsWire

The watch and act alert was downgraded to an advice level on Saturday night due to rainfall over the fireground.

The blaze, which burnt through almost 11,000 hectares, is now contained and controlled.

Restricted access permits are still required for residents to enter the Tilden Park area, while road closures also remain in place for some areas.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Originally published as Premier fumes over 'deliberately lit' fires



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