South West fireys fight Perth Hills hellfire

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South West firefighters helped fight the devastating blaze which claimed 86 homes near Perth.
Camera IconSouth West firefighters helped fight the devastating blaze which claimed 86 homes near Perth. Credit: Supplied / Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade/Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

South West firefighters were among those battling the Wooroloo blaze that razed 86 homes in the Perth Hills last week.

Volunteer firefighters travelled to Perth to give local crews more resources and frontline relief.

After a week of harrowing conditions, the fire began to subside on Saturday as firefighters finally contained the blaze.

Volunteers from across the South West helped on the front line.
Camera IconVolunteers from across the South West helped on the front line. Credit: Supplied / Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade/Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade

Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade captain Terri Kowal said it was an emotional rollercoaster.

“It was quite hectic and at times frustrating,” she said.

The emotions ride up and down along the way as well, and you want to do so much more than you can.

Ms Kowal said the aim was to protect life and properties.

Hours after the Perth blaze was controlled, fires broke out in Yallingup and Injidup.

Police are hunting for the arsonist believed to be responsible for lighting the two fires, just 11km apart.

More than 100 firefighters were called to help battle the blazes before a downpour of rain helped contain them.

Ms Kowal said if it was arson, it was very disappointing to see someone have “no regard for anybody or anything”.

They are putting lives in danger and we’re then putting our lives on the line to protect people.

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