Byford bushfire treated as suspicious

Photo: DFES Incident Photographer Evan Collis
Photo: DFES Incident Photographer Evan Collis

A BUSHFIRE alert has been downgraded after firefighters managed to contain a blaze in Byford, which is being treated as suspicious.

A watch-and-act warning was issued for a bushfire burning in Byford earlier today but has since been downgraded to an advice.

The alert is in place for people in the area bounded by Nettelton Road to the north, Barge Drive to the east, Kiln Road to the south and Soldiers Road to the west.

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“Although there is no immediate danger you need to be aware and keep up to date in case the situation changes,” Department of Fire and Emergency Services said in the alert.

The fire started near the intersection of Michael Street and Dougall Street about 1:41am on Friday.

DFES said about 5.5 hectares have been burnt and the cause of the fire was suspicious.

The bushfire is now stationary, contained and under control.

🔥A bushfire ADVICE has been issued for people in the area bounded by Nettleton Road to the North, Barge Drive to the…

Posted by Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA on Thursday, 20 February 2020

About 55 firefighters were on the scene, continuing to build and strengthen containment lines.

Roads are no longer closed but motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

People are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

WHAT TO DO during a Watch and Act alert:

If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.

If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.

If you plan to stay and actively defend, do not rely on mains water pressure as it may be affected. You need to have access to an independent water supply, and start patrolling your property to put out spot fires.

At all times close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.

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