Firefighters issue warning after backyard blaze

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Fire crews work to bring the blaze under control in Roelands.
Camera IconFire crews work to bring the blaze under control in Roelands.

Firefighters have issued a warning after a burn-off at a residential property in Roelands got out of control and came close to crossing Forrest Highway near Treendale.

A land owner in Meadow Landing was conducting a burn-off at his property on Wednesday when the blaze got out of control at about 11.30am.

The close call has prompted authorities to issue a “think before they light up” message given the current dry conditions.

Ten fire fighting appliances and two water bomber planes were deployed to the fire which burned between Raymond Road, Chidlow Way and Forrest Highway, and came within 100m of homes, burning through 8ha of bush and farm land.

Harvey shire deputy chief bushfire control officer Mick Papalia said the landowner conducting the burn-off alerted authorities as soon as the blaze got out of his control.

Mr Papalia said the swift actions of fire crews prevented the fire from jumping Forrest Highway.

“There was a lot of dry bush on the western side of the fire which would have led straight into Treendale,” he said.

“With the aid of fire and rescue crews, bushfire brigades and water bombers we were able to contain it on Forrest Highway.”

Mr Papalia described the overcast weather and light winds when the blaze broke out as “lucky” conditions for firefighters to work with.

“Although in Harvey shire the restricted burning period is finished, it is still extremely dry out there,” he said.

“With some of the warm weather we have had, for the next couple of weeks people need to think before they light up.”

DFES firefighters helped brigades from Myalup, Leschenault, Bunbury, Eaton, Brunswick and Roelands to bring the blaze under control by about 2pm.

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